Heineken Cup
Williams targets Heineken Cup glory
ESPNscrum Staff
December 9, 2011
Wales' Shane Williams touches down against Australia, Wales v Australia, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, December 3, 2011
Shane Williams scored in the final minute of his final game for Wales last weekend © Getty Images
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Shane Williams has turned his attention to winning silverware with the Ospreys after his international swansong last weekend.

And just a week after his emotional Millennium Stadium send-off when he retired from Test rugby, former Wales star Williams returns to action with the Ospreys against Aviva Premiership champions Saracens after being named on the wing. The key Heineken Cup clash comes at the midway point of a tightly-contested Pool Five, which also features French heavyweights Biarritz and offers only one guaranteed quarter-final place.

The Ospreys, despite boasting a star-studded squad, have never progressed beyond the last-eight phase in Europe, making successive knockout-stage exits to Saracens, Munster and Biarritz. "As a professional player you really want to win trophies," Williams said. "In international rugby it is the World Cup and the Six Nations, and in the club game it is the Heineken Cup. It's the Champions League of rugby.

"I would love to be involved in a successful Ospreys side in the competition. We have not asserted ourselves in the latter stages when we have got there, and it is what we need to do. Saracens were better on the day and taught us a lesson (in 2008). The Heineken Cup at that stage is very, very tough.

"We are playing a good side away from home, but it is an away game for Saracens, too, as it's at Wembley. We know we can play some good rugby and win some big games. It's not revenge or anything as we didn't deserve to win in 2008. It's about turning up on the day and giving a good account of ourselves."

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