IT’S A LONG way from the glamour of international rugby.
After winning 87 caps and bagging 60 tries for Wales, Shane Williams made his Gaelic football debut last night but had to brave a blizzard in Donegal while doing so.
39-year-old Williams was in action for Glenswilly, the reigning Donegal senior football champions, against nearby club St Mary’s Convoy in a challenge match as part of the third series of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Trade’.
He had to get to grips with a new sport in freezing winter conditions in the north-west.
Tropical conditions here in Donegal for @ShaneWilliams11' Gaelic football debut with @GaaGlenswilly for @AIB_GAA's #TheToughest Trade pic.twitter.com/Capsrnyndr
— Rachel Solon (@RachelSolon) January 12, 2017
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Welsh rugby legend @ShaneWilliams11 in action for @GaaGlenswilly tonight. #ToughestTrade pic.twitter.com/VLfoMPgMje
— DonegalLIVE (@DonegalLiveNews) January 12, 2017
Still Williams managed to keep the umpires busy by getting on the scoresheet.
Magic debut by @ShaneWilliams11 who chipped in with 0-04 in difficult conditions #legend #TheToughest trade pic.twitter.com/xRpiri8iLp
— Glenswilly GAA (@GaaGlenswilly) January 12, 2017
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And he has a trusty left peg when it comes to slotting over close-range frees.
@ShaneWilliams11 putting over a free kick for @GaaGlenswilly @AIB_GAA @RTEsport @donegalgaa pic.twitter.com/6ptNImRXo7
— Dermot Gillespie (@lashed4ever) January 13, 2017
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The former Lions winger looked to have made an impression on the local club during his week-long stay in Donegal.
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He also spent time working at Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure, with the shop’s owner and Donegal captain heading to France to sample life with Top 14 rugby outfit Clermont Auvergne as part of the series.
Unbelievable few days with this legend @ShaneWilliams11 in #TheGlen Scored 0-4 on his debut 2nite 4 @GaaGlenswilly @AIB_GAA #TheToughest pic.twitter.com/qbj36vxK7Y
— Gary Mc Daid (@GaryMcDaid78) January 12, 2017
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