Shock Lions call-up for veteran Shane Williams

Shane Williams toured with the Lions in 2005 and 2009. Credit: PA

Former Wales winger Shane Williams has been called up by the British and Irish Lions, for their final warm-up game in Australia on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old is Wales' all-time record try scorer, but retired from Test rugby 18 months ago, and has been playing at semi-professional level in Japan.

Williams will line up on the wing against the ACT Brumbies on Canberra in Tuesday, as one of six players who were not in the original tour squad.

The call-ups have come due to injury concerns over players like Jamie Roberts and George North, with the Lions' first Test against Australia on Saturday.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland said "We just said we needed Shane for one game. He comes in Monday, trains, plays on Tuesday and he leaves the squad on Wednesday. He was perfectly happy with that."

"He's in pretty good nick. We know that he is fit and training, and I am sure he will come and do the jersey proud and do himself proud."

Williams told talkSPORT "It was completely out of the blue. I am more shocked than you are. It is still sinking in, and what I will do on the field is give my 100 percent effort and commitment and do whatever it takes to help the team out."

"I have been playing in Japan over the last 12 months. Fitness is not going to be an issue."

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