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Williams honored to help Lions

AFP-JIJI

Shane Williams said Monday he was very proud to help out the British and Irish Lions in his cameo tour appearance in the countdown to this weekend’s opening test against the Wallabies.

The Welsh wing great made a dash from Japan, where he was playing club rugby, to break his two-year international retirement and help the overstretched Lions ease their workload and play in a one-off against Australian Super 15 conference leaders ACT Brumbies in Canberra on Tuesday.

Williams, 36, said he was in bed on Saturday night having played against the top team in Japan when the phone rang.

“(Lions coach) Rob Howley phoned me in my hotel room at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night asking if I would help out the Lions by playing on Tuesday,” Williams told reporters in Sydney.

“There was no way I was going to say no,” said Williams, who was due to travel to Brisbane this week to work at the test match as a British radio summarizer.