Roy Wayne 'Jim' Williams

  • 55Age
  • 14Caps
  • 753Wallaby Number
PositionNo.8 / Flanker
Date Of BirthDecember 8, 1968
Place of BirthYoung, NSW
Other ClubWests (Brisbane), West Hartlepool (ENG), Cork Institution (IRE), Munster (IRE)
SchoolYoung Catholic Secondary School
ProvinceACT
Other ProvinceNSW
Debut ClubUniversity (Sydney)
Debut Test Match1999 Wallabies v Ireland, 1st Test Brisbane
Final Test Match2000 Wallabies v England, London

Biography

 ‘Jim’ Williams was an indigenous Australian, hard-as-nails flanker / No.8, who brought a completely unselfish and committed approach to his rugby. Born and raised in the southern New South Wales town of Young, Williams played rugby league as a boy and did not enjoy his first taste of union until he joined the Australian Army at age 17. He won a single cap for New South Wales in 1996 before he turned his hand to 7s.

In 1998 he joined the ACT Brumbies and starred in their back-row. The following year his consistent efforts were rewarded when he made his Test debut against Ireland in Brisbane. Williams was selected to his first Rugby World Cup and although he only played a single pool game, returned home a World Champion. Williams played 14 Tests, of which Australia won 12, over his two year international career.

Highlights

1997

Represented Australia at the Sevens Rugby World Cup

1998

Won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian Men’s Sevens side at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

1999

Williams won his first Test cap off the bench when he substituted David Giffin and then replaced Matt Cockbain at No.6 in the 46-10, 1st Test victory over Ireland in Brisbane. He earned a run-on XV debut at No.8 in the 55-19, Rugby World Cup pool game win against the United States in Limerick. Williams won a total of four caps for the year.

2000

Williams played in all 10 Wallaby Tests. He was picked in the starting side for the opening seven internationals, six of which were at No.8, and was a replacement in each of the three Spring Tour matches.

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