Wales wing Shane Williams has said that he wants to end his career at top. The Ospreys star has pledged to quit the international game after the World Cup, but wants to go out on a high.

“I’ll dread the day I hang my boots up because I’m doing a job at the moment that I wouldn’t change for the world,” he tells the Sport Wales programme.

“I’ll be 34 this year… and I want to finish at the top,” Wales’ record try-scorer told the BBC Sport Wales show.


Cardiff Blues have named Leigh Halfpenny on the bench for their next game. The Wales wing has been out with an ankle injury since October, but back-row Xavier Rush (neck) is out despite completing a one-week suspension.

Centre Jamie Roberts makes his first start since surgery on a long-term wrist injury, replacing Tom Shanklin.

The Ospreys promote Andrew Bishop, Jamie Nutbrown, Paul James and Ian Gough to the starting line-up.


Welsh captain Matthew Rees has asked the team to avoid any silly mistakes in the future. Wales were beaten by Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, while they were also held to a dismal draw by Fiji.

But Rees insists they have been competitive in all of the games. “We know at this level the difference is error and until we cut them out in our game, that’s going to be difficult to get results,” Rees said.


Scarlets beat Aironi comfortably in the Welsh Rugby Union thanks to a hat-trick from Jonathan Davies. Andy Fenby started the…


Benetton Treviso defeated Scarlets 34-28 in a thrilling contest. The Scarlets led 22-9 at the break, but the home side stormed back to register a historic win.

Wing Tommaso Benvenuti scored the winning try four minutes from the end while scrum-half Tobias Botes played a starring role.

Scarlets debutant George North, 18, touched down twice.

But North’s night and that of his team-mates came to a dire end as the hosts signalled their intentions for the season by making the visitors’ suffer.


Ospreys star James Hook has been handed a second piece of good news in four days after he received a surprise call to play for Wales. Having previosuly watched from the Wales Rugby Hospitality Tickets, Hook has taken on a starring role!

Hook helped the Ospreys to Magners League glory on Saturday night, playing a key part in the 17-12 triumph over Leinster at the RDS,

That historic win was expected to be Hook’s last appearance of the summer as the 24-year-old prepared for shoulder surgery.

Rowley Hails Welsh Rugby

Wales have been granted automatic qualification for the 2013 World Cup, which will be hosted by the Rugby Football League in the United Kingdom.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome,” said Wales league boss Mark Rowley.

“This is momentous,” said Wales Rugby League executive chairman Rowley after receiving the news at the RLIF two-day meeting in Melbourne. “We achieved autonomous status in 2006 which was our first major step up the international rugby league ladder.

Wales get Automatic Place

Wales have been granted automatic qualification for the 2013 World Cup, which will be hosted by the Rugby Football League in the United Kingdom.

The Welsh, who reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1995 and 2000, were notable absentees from the last tournament in Australia two years ago after losing to Scotland in the qualifying tournament.

But they will be one of 12 teams granted automatic entry after becoming full members of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) at their meeting in Melbourne.