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J. J. Williams

Welsh rugby union player

Died when: 72 years 211 days (870 months)
Star Sign: Aries

John James Williams MBE (1 April 1948 – 29 October 2020), known universally as J.J.Williams, was a Welsh rugby union player who gained thirty caps for Wales as a winger.

In his early career, Williams was a talented sprinter, later becoming a member of the Wales rugby team that won the Five Nations Championship in 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1979, including Grand Slam wins in 1976 and 1978.

Williams played for the Bridgend Ravens and Llanelli RFC in the 1970s.His time at Llanelli included a famous win against the All Blacks in 1972.

He was a key try creator and scorer for the 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa.After his retirement in 1980, Williams became a pundit and commentator for BBC Cymru Wales and later a successful businessman.

His son, Rhys, is a professional track and field athlete.


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