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Shane Williams 'humbled' to pick up MBE from Buckingham Palace

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

Shane Williams picked up his MBE for services to rugby today

Comments (7) Former Ospreys and Wales wing Shane Williams was presented with an MBE for services to rugby at Buckingham Palace today. Williams who attended the palace with his wife Gail said afterwards said that the experience was both humbling and overwhelming. Wales's record try scorer was reported as saying "It has been a surprise. I found it quite strange to be receiving an award from Prince Charles for playing sport which is something I just love doing. I still can't believe that I have received it, to be honest with you."It does take a long time to sink in. This is my first time at Buckingham Palace so that is overwhelming before even receiving the award. It has all been a bit of a blur really and it is something I will reflect upon later tonight."The Glanamman man retired from international rugby in December 2011 and left the Ospreys in 2012. He now coaches and plays semi-professional rugby in Japan.

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  • Tex054  |  April 06 2014, 10:25AM

    Testosterone, must be right because I agree with you as well

  • Testosterone  |  April 06 2014, 10:01AM

    tex054 - That's called Stockholm Syndrome. Wikipedia states: "Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them." If you think like this - you've been conquered personally as well.

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  • Tex054  |  April 05 2014, 9:14PM

    Really don't understand some of the comments, thought it was nice to see someone from Wales being recognised for some truly remarkable contributions to the game.

  • Einon  |  April 05 2014, 5:54PM

    This just to show just how much of a confused bastion of the "British Establishment" the WRU really are. They are patronised by a man "William Wales" who supports England, for gods sake. Their commitment to Wales beyond stereotypical rugby club nationalism is a joke.

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  • WelshnotBrit  |  April 05 2014, 11:16AM

    He has a lot of boots to lick before he gets a knighthood like Sir Jimmy Savile. @Testosterone - Brilliant comment

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  • Eureka1963  |  April 05 2014, 11:02AM

    There was a time these awards meant something...

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  • Testosterone  |  April 05 2014, 10:47AM

    This means Shane is a serf and a Brit? To be pleased to accept an 'honour' from the conqueror is treason. Consider this, if the Germans had won the First World War and conquered England, how long would it have been before the people of England accepted German as the main language, started to complain about English road signs and education as a waste and drain on resources, celebrities accepting honours from the Kaiser, considering those trying to defend English as crackpots or extremists, laughing at insulting mistranslated signs, accepting offensively poor second class services, and yet being called racist for insisting on those services in English? How long? When would it be acceptable? Would the above be ok after one year? Ten years? A century? Five hundred years? A thousand years? When the German royalty start preparing soon for the creation of a 'prince of wails' what will you do? Accept and be pleased and enjoy their flags all over our town? Or will you say "I'm Welsh, your monarchy has nothing to do with me"?

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