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Venatour Ambassadors

As part of its drive for the perfect sporting experience, Venatour has teamed up with a number of well-known individuals from the world of rugby and cricket. The Venatour Ambassadors listed below have all lent their support to Venatour and its array of packages, endorsing the company as a premier sports travel operator. They can all be found on tour with the Venatour clients at various points throughout the rugby and cricket seasons.

Shane Williams

Shane is a Welsh international rugby union player who played as a wing for the Ospreys. Shane is well-known for his side-step and his acceleration and speed. He has been described as one of the most exciting wingers in the world, and in 2008, Shane was selected as the IRB International Player of the Year.

He earned his first cap from the bench against France in 1999 Six Nations season. He scored in his first full start for Wales with a try against Italy in the same Six Nations tournament and has since earned 73 caps for Wales and has scored 53 international tries (51 for Wales, 2 for the British and Irish Lions) and 265 points (255 for Wales, 10 for the Lions). He is Wales' most capped winger.

He was part of the Grand Slam-winning Wales side in the 2005 Six Nations championship, where he scored tries against Italy, Scotland, and most famously England, the try that helped them achieve a famous 11–9 victory that got their campaign underway. He was then selected to the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 New Zealand tour. On 28 June, he equalled a single-game Lions record by scoring five tries in a tour match against Manawatu.

In November 2008, Williams became the first Welshman to be named IRB International Player of the Year and then in December he won the BBC Welsh Sports Personality of the Year. In April 2009, Shane was named as a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa. On 13 February 2010, Williams scored the winning try against Scotland in Cardiff. It was Williams' 49th international try for Wales (51st in all internationals), and his 18th in the Six Nations, equaling the record by a Welshman in the tournament, held by Gareth Edwards.

Shane currently stands on 53 international tries with 51 for Wales and two for the British and Irish Lions.

Sean Holley

Sean Holley is the most successful Welsh Regional coach. Now appointed as coach at Bristol Rugby, he also coached the Ospreys for nine years and won five trophies including an Anglo-Welsh Cup. In his time the Ospreys reached three Heineken Cup quarterfinals and beat Australia. He has helped to produce a multitude of Welsh International players and has coached the likes of Justin Marshall, Jerry Collins, Tommy Bowe, Ryan Jones, Marty Holah, James Hook and of course Shane Williams, to name but a few. In 2009 he coached Wales on their North American tour. Sean is currently a Sport & Media consultant, a TV Analyst for BBC Wales and hosts his own Rugby Nation Radio show across Wales.


Simon Jones

Fast bowler Simon Jones was a member of the England squad that won the Ashes in 2005 with the Welshman emulating the achievements of his father Jeff by playing a leading role with the ball in Test cricket for England.

During the 2005 Ashes series, the Swansea-born paceman bamboozled the Australian batsmen with a combination of raw pace and reverse swing, and in the Third Test at Old Trafford, Simon returned the best-ever bowling figures by a Glamorgan player in Test cricket for England as he claimed 6-53.

In all, Simon played in 18 Test matches between 2002 and 2005 during which he claimed 59 wickets, but his tally of wickets and his number of caps would have been higher had it not been for a series of injuries, including one to his knee in the opening Test of the 2002/03 Ashes series in Brisbane.

Simon made his debut for Glamorgan in 1998, with the bowler enjoying a fine summer in 2002 when he recorded figures of 6-45 against Derbyshire at Cardiff, as well as 5-28 against Essex at Swansea. He subsequently played for Worcestershire and Hampshire, for whom he impressed in Twenty20 cricket, before returning to his native county in 2011.

In 2012 Simon produced a match-winning return of 4-23 for Glamorgan in their Clydesdale Bank40 match against Durham at Colwyn Bay.

Adam Hollioake

Adam Hollioake is a rarity in modern times in that he has been a professional sportsman in 3 different codes. Having captained the England Cricket Team he has since gone on to Box professionally as a Heavyweight and has recently made the step to Mixed Martial Artist at Light Heavyweight. In doing so he becomes the first and only International cricketer to fight professionally and only the second International Athlete to do so.

As a cricketer he became the most successful 1st Class captain in the history of the game lifting a total of 9 domestic trophies in his 7 years as captain of the Surrey County Cricket Club. In 1997 he was named Man of the Series in Englands 3-0 win over the great Australian side and in 1998 became the first England captain to lift an International trophy abroad in over a decade. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2003 an honor bestowed upon the 5 best cricketers in the world that year. In 2004 he retired from all cricket but played a final game for The Rest of the World vs Asia and took a hat-trick with the last 3 balls of his cricketing career.

As a professional boxer and mixed martial artist he is undefeated and still active in the fight game.

Another fact not many people know about Adam Hollioake is that he is the creator of the television property "Australia's Greatest Athlete". In partnership with Octagon Australia he was responsible for getting all the athletes and designing the events that led to the show being aired for 3 years on the 9 and 7 Networks.

On top of this, Adam is highly active in the charity world being the Founder and Patron of his brothers Charity ‘The Ben Hollioake Fund”. He is also a patron of The McGrath Foundation and The Gary Mason Foundation. He has also founded and helped organize two annual charity events called The Cricket Challenge and Battle of the Stars. The Battle of the Stars supported the flood disaster appeal and Cricket Challenge supported Paradise Kids.