Williams: Lions tour unlikely
Shane Williams has claimed a third tour with the British and Irish Lions might be "a step too far".
Last Updated: 08/12/11 7:22am
Shane Williams has claimed a third tour with the British and Irish Lions might be "a step too far" although he hopes to still be in the mix for selection.
The 34-year-old winger brought down the curtain on a glittering international career in memorable fashion his 58th try for Wales in the final moments of Saturday's 24-18 defeat to Australia.
Williams' fine showing against the Wallabies has led to questions whether he is leaving the Test arena prematurely, but Ospreys ace has always insisted he has had no second thoughts about leaving the international stage.
However, with his current contract with the Ospreys set to run for another 18 months, Williams will still be playing when the Lions come to select their party to head Down Under in 2013.
Williams, though, claims he cannot see himself following the example of the likes of Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio, who made themselves available for the 2005 trip to New Zealand despite having stood down from England duty.
When asked whether he would want to be considered for the tour, he said: "I certainly enjoyed my Lions tours and I would love to think I would be playing good enough rugby in 2013 but I think it would be a step too far.
"I think some people would not be too happy if I started playing for the Lions in 2013 having not played for Wales.
"It is a fantastic experience and if I am not playing I will be definitely be over there enjoying myself and doing something in other regards but that is a long time away. I doubt very much (that I will be there playing) to be honest with you."