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Shane: My Story [Kindle Edition]

Delme Parfitt , Shane Williams
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Shane Williams has spent almost a decade thrilling the rugby world with his evasive running skills and a box of tricks that has left the best defences grasping thin air, disproving the notion that size matters in modern professional rugby. He's been called the little wizard, the artful dodger and a whole host of other superlatives, and wherever Williams has played, the crowd have been on the edge of their seats.



As his teenage years came to an end, Williams looked set for a life of relative obscurity playing scrum-half for his local side, Amman United, and scratching around in a variety of day jobs. All that changed, however, when he was plucked from nowhere by then Neath coach Lyn Jones, and his rise to become Wales's most dangerous strike runner was meteoric. Following his international debut aged 21, Williams lit up Wales's 2003 World Cup campaign and went on to become an integral part of the Grand Slam-winning side of 2005, a year in which he also toured with the British Lions to New Zealand. In 2008, when Wales took the Grand Slam once more, he made a sensational contribution to the side's glorious victory.



After leading the great Bryan Habana a merry dance on the way to two mesmerising tries on Wales' tour to South Africa just two months later, Williams became the first Welshman crowned IRB World Player of the Year that autumn. He then completed the 2008-09 season with a second Lions tour, touching down twice in the 28-9 third Test victory against the Springboks.



In Shane, Williams reveals the inside story of his incredible rugby career so far, the personal trials that have come with success and how he has managed to defy the odds to become a living Welsh rugby legend.



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The autobiography of Welsh rugby star Shane Williams

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Shane Williams has spent almost a decade thrilling the rugby world with his evasive running skills and a box of tricks that has left the best defences grasping thin air, disproving the notion that size matters in modern professional rugby. He's been called the little wizard, the artful dodger and a whole host of other superlatives, but wherever Williams has played, the crowd have been on the edge of their seats.

When he entered his 20s, Williams looked set for a life of relative obscurity playing scrum half for his local side, Amman United, and scratching around in a variety of day jobs. All that was to change, however, when he was plucked from nowhere by then Neath coach Lyn Jones, and his rise to become Wales's most dangerous strike runner was meteoric. Following his international debut aged 21, Williams lit up Wales's 2003 World Cup campaign, and went on to become an integral part of the Grand Slam-winning Wales side of 2005, a year in which he also toured with the British Lions to New Zealand. In 2008, when Wales took the Grand Slam once more, he made an invaluable contribution to the side's glorious victory.

In Shane, Williams reveals the inside story of his incredible rugby career so far, the personal trials that have come with success and how he has managed to defy the odds to become a living Welsh rugby legend. [correct as at 20-3-08].


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UF45G6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 13 Oct. 2008
Format:Hardcover
As a Welshman and a huge rugby fan I obviously think Shane Williams is some sort of god. However, when I got this book as a gift I was just thought "why?" how interesting could it really be?! I read the first chapter about the recent tour to South Africa, which was brilliantly written, but i thought it was just what i had expected, Shane Williams writing about rugby. But after this there isn't really much talk of rugby, well, there obviously is, but not in the manner you would've thought. The route that he took to get to be the superstar he is today is not a clear-cut as you would think.
Once i picked the book up, i read it for literally hours on end. It really is a fantastic book. I would highly suggest if you're a rugby fan like me.....except yours will not be as good as mine because mine is signed by the man himself: P
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Thoughts 1 Sept. 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This book is basically about Shane Williams ' achievements being a sports man and especially about leadership.
It is about how he develops his rugby game and how he started off as a young gentleman and played for an average club team and then in 2008 became the very best rugby player of the year.
He was talking about winning and losing - if you win great but if you lose even better as you have to come back to training and work harder and listen more and concentrate even more. He says it's important that if someone drops their head you give them the encouragement that they need to get their heads up again.The biggest thing of all that he says is to never give up. If you give up it all goes pear shaped.
I really enjoyed this book and I think that I have learnt alot from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read and read and read 25 Sept. 2009
By jon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book, it really gives you an insight into his life on and off the pitch. I like it so much I must have re-read it at least three times. If you are a Shane Williams fan, or even just a rugby fan, you should buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read about a Welsh legend 20 Oct. 2013
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This is a well written account of Shane Williams' life before and during his supremely successful career. Whilst his achievements are well documented and are still fresh in the memories of many, it is still interesting to read it from his perspective. He covers a lot of important parts of his own and Welsh rugby's history, such as the move to regional rugby and his break through into the Wales squad. There aren't too many controversies and his opinions are quite honest, especially when he talks about the shambles of the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
Shane Williams is clearly a seminal part of Welsh rugby history and whilst his career is too recent to carry the romance of the 1970's legends, he has had an interesting career and I enjoyed reading his story. He writes about all stages of his career and how he progressed through to the highlights of the 2005 and 2008 Grand Slam via Neath and the Ospreys.
This is a good book for anyone who is a fan of Welsh rugby or has enjoyed watching Shane play over the years, like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a Legend 19 Feb. 2013
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Very readable autobiography by a true legend of Welsh rugby, a worthy heir to star wingers of the past such as Gerald Davies, JJ Williams and Ieuan Evans. The book offers some great insights into the pressures of top international rugby, and it's characterised by a self effacing modest approach, far removed from the arch trumpet blowing of some sporting efforts. Shane comes across as a down to earth, home loving and unassuming man, who just happened to be an absolutely electrifying rugby player, one who could light up any match - and frequently did. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars left disappointed 1 Mar. 2013
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The trouble with books written by sportsmen when they are still playing is they just don't wont to offend their team mates, employers etc...unless that is your name is Gavin Henson. Whilst I can't say that I disliked the book, most of the content is fairly tame with no real insight to what really happens behind the scenes. very average but I do look forward to his inevitable memoirs once he retires, hopefully with the gloves off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 18 Feb. 2014
By emma
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would recommend any rugby supporter to read this . like the honesty.. well worth the read fair play :) x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sporting Hero 14 Jan. 2012
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purchased this book for my rugby playing teenager. He met Shane at a rugby academy in Wales in 2010 and has really enjoyed watching the magician in action and also enjoyed his story. Thank you Shane for being an inspiration to thousands of Welsh boys
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