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Wales winger Williams will retire after Saturday’s clash at the Millennium Stadium and is set to get a fantastic ovation from the home crowd, but he wants to make sure he goes out with a memorable win.
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Speaking ahead of what will be an emotional day, Williams said: “It is not Shane Williams versus Australia, it’s Wales versus Australia and I don’t want the fact it is my final game to cloud that.”
“We are mature enough to know what we have got to do on Saturday. It’s all about playing well, me personally and as a collective.”
“It’s about getting things right on the field and winning the game. We want to show we have moved on from the World Cup and beating Australia would be nice.”
Williams has had a very successful career with Wales of course, scoring a country record 57 tries since his debut back in 2000, spread across three World Cup campaigns.
Despite agreeing that the team’s performance has to be the main focus, Wales coach Warren Gatland paid tribute to Williams, saying that he will ‘leave a huge hole’ in Welsh rugby.
As for the game itself, it is a significant one for Wales. They will not only want revenge for the defeat in the World Cup third place play-off match, but they will want to move on positively from what was an encouraging, although eventually disappointing campaign in New Zealand.
If they can beat a southern hemisphere side, this would be a massive boost for them going into 2012 and the Six Nations.
Australia are up for the challenge though having warmed up for this one with a 60-11 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham last weekend.
Wales v Australia gets underway at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.