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Wales rugby legend Shane Williams has recalled the day he won the Grand Slam, became the Dragons' all-time top try-scorer… and bagged his dad a whopping £50,000.
To this day Williams doesn't know how much his dad bet on him, but it is believed he wagered £25 on the 87-times capped wing wizard becoming Wales' record try scorer when he was just a young boy.
Williams revealed all about the memorable day during an appearance on the Clubhouse programme on Irish television channel TV 3, recalling how he scored in Wales' 29-12 win over France at the then Millenium Stadium.
"That try against France to win the Grand Slam was a special day," he said.
"That put me on top of the Welsh try-scoring record above Gareth Thomas and my father won £50,000 with that try as well.
"It was a big day for the Williams family. The bet was put on when I was a kid and I knew nothing about it. To this day I don't know how much he put on."
And he jokingly added: "After winning the £50,000 I haven't seen him since. I'm sure he's in Malibu somewhere enjoying himself."
Wales' 2008 Grand Slam came in Warren Gatland's first tournament in charge after the Kiwi took the coaching reins from Gareth Jenkins after the debacle of their failed 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign in France, Wales Online report.
And as the pressure built on Wales to complete the Six Nations clean sweep, Williams told the programme how Gatland took him out of the media firing line in the build-up to facng Les Bleus to focus on the Cardiff clash.
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"Warren Gatland kept me away from the press that week. He knew if I scored a try, I would become the top try scorer for Wales," added Williams.
"He told me, 'no press this week, I want no pressure on you. It's all about winning the Grand Slam'.
"As we were on the team bus on the way to the stadium, my phone goes and it's my father.
"He says, 'hope you have a good game today, enjoy yourself, express yourself and if you score I win £50,000'.
"That was a little bit of pressure on you wasn't it?
"I just remember feeling so relaxed going to the game and then walking to the changing room shaking like God knows what."
"I didn't know the bet was on until an hour or so before kick-off.
Wales completed their transformation from World Cup flops to secure their second Grand Slam in four years with Shane getting the crucial try after 60 minutes and Martyn Williams adding a second late on in a 29-12 win over France that sparked wild scenes of celebration at the Millennium Stadium.
"My dad was probably the guy naked running around the top of the stadium at the time," joked Shane.
"I saw Dad afterwards. It was the last time I saw him after he went to cash in!"
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