Lions boss backs Shane Williams for World player of the ye

Wales and Ospreys winger Shane Williams will play his first match of the new season tonight for the Ospreys against the Cardiff Blues and Williams is looking to be named IRB world player of the year.

British & Irish Lions boss Gerald Davies has backed his fellow Welshman describing him as ”outstanding” making an almost certain Lions tourist in 2009 barring injury.

Williams is is expected to be nominated for the game’s most prestigious personal accolade – the IRB player of the year.

For Davies, a former Wales winger himself the 31 year-old’s credentials for the award are compelling.

”Shane was named player of the Six Nations and everyone would agree that he was the leading personality in that tournament,” Davies told The Evening post.

”No-one in this year’s Tri-Nations has highlighted himself in the way that Shane has done close on every time he has taken the field.

”It hasn’t been the odd good performance. He has been consistently excellent, scoring spectacular tries and making telling contributions in virtually every game Wales have played and helping them to a Grand Slam.

”His will be the name on everyone’s lips when this award is decided. His claim has to be considered outstanding.”

Worryingly for the North the last Northern Hemisphere player to have won the award was Jonny Wilkinson in 2003.

Since that time Schalk Burger, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Bryan Habana have taken spoils.

”I am just glad he has proved himself. He has always had the ability, but in the past year he has played with confidence and total belief in his gifts.” added Davies.

”Wales has not had a senior world player of the year since the award came into being.”

“If Shane wins it, it will be marvelous for Welsh rugby.”

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