Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams is supporting a school friend as he steps up his game to tackle his fitness woes for TV show FFIT Cymru.

The former Wales international winger has been offering his expert advice to long-time friend Nic Davies, who is among five leaders taking part in the eight-week S4C programme.

The Penygroes resident has joined fitness seekers from across Wales on FFIT Cymru, as they aim to transform their health and fitness with the support of a dietitian, personal trainer and psychologist.

So far, thanks to his determination, the Glangwili Hospital paediatric assistant practitioner has lost an impressive 25lbs and is now working towards reaching his two stone weight loss goal.

To help him reach his target, former Ospreys star Williams has stepped in to support his training routine and offer his encouragement.

Shane, who lives in the Amman Valley, said: “I’ve known Nic for years, he was at the same school as me, and I know his sister and his family, too, so I’ve grown up with him.

“I’m here to support Nic, and I know -and he knows, too - that he has put some weight on over the years, but after talking to him, he wants to go out and lose the weight, be healthier, and be successful on the programme.”

During their training session, the rugby star offers vital advice to father-of-two Mr Davies around his running technique and how to monitor his heart rate to achieve a sustainable pace.

His advice comes as the 36-year-old prepares to run the FFIT Cymru 5k challenge at Gnoll Estate Country Park in Neath on May 19 along with his fellow leaders.

During the day the participants will be challenged to take part in the Park Run, which will be the final challenge at the end of their eight-week journey.

Mr Davies said: “It has been really lovely for Shane to offer his support this week, I really appreciate all his help given his experience on the pitch.

“He’s been giving me advice to help me over the next few weeks, but he’s also preparing me for life after the show and showing me tips to help me keep fit in the future.

“I really can’t thank him enough for all his help.”