Williams - Wales can win it

Wing still believes Six Nations title is possible

Last Updated: 25/02/11 5:36pm

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Williams: wants Six Nations crown

Williams: wants Six Nations crown

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Shane Williams insists that Wales are still capable of winning this year's RBS Six Nations despite their recent run of poor form.

"I would like to think I still have a few tries in me. I am only nine short of David Campese and I could probably do that in 12 months."
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Wales slumped to a 26-19 defeat against England on the opening night of the competition, extending their winless Test run to eight matches.

But they halted the skid with a convincing 24-6 victory over Scotland the following weekend and now head into Saturday's clash with Italy, against whom Williams has scored nine tries in eight Tests, as favourites to make it two in a row.

And the veteran wing believes that if Wales can continue to generate momentum they could go on a run that propels them all the way to the title.

"I still think Wales can win the Six Nations, there is so much to come from this squad," the Ospreys star said.

"More importantly we have started to win again, and while I know it is only one game, it is a start.

"It was not the prettiest performance against Scotland, but we did what we had to do. We have played some real eye-catching rugby in the past and lost.


"We were determined to go out against Scotland and start well, and that is what we did. The game plan went perfectly in the opening quarter.

"But we know Italy are a very different proposition at home. Having lost in Rome in the past, I know what it feels like."

Williams, who turns 34 on Saturday, is expected to retire from international rugby at the end of the 2011 campaign.

But he still believes he can reach David Campese's mark of 64 Test tries, which would leave him second on the all-time list behind only Daisuke Ohata of Japan.

He added: "I would like to think I still have a few tries in me. I am only nine short of David Campese and I could probably do that in 12 months!

"I try not to dwell on those sort of records too much, and we will have to see what happens for the rest of the season, but I am as hungry as ever.

"I like scoring tries and I am still enjoying my rugby at international level. I am still getting the buzz and feeling just as sharp on the field.

"There is no better feeling than when you are scoring tries. That is what I am here to do and hopefully I can continue to do that for the rest of the season."

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