11 Dec 2008

Europe is closing gap says Welsh star Williams

6:42 pm on 11 December 2008

The Welsh winger Shane Williams believes top European rugby nations are closing the gap on the southern hemisphere even though Wales was the only country to defeat one of the 'big three' in last month's Tests.

The recently crowned the International Rugby Board player of the year, scored a fine try during Wales's 21-18 victory over Australia on November 29.

But that was a lone success with New Zealand completing a grand slam of wins over Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England on successive weekends.

Nevertheless Williams says Wales were good enough to have beaten South Africa and played a very good 40 minutes against the All Blacks but lost in the second half.