Billy Williams (rugby, born 1929)

For other sportsmen of the same name, see Billy Williams (disambiguation) and William Williams (disambiguation).
Billy Williams
Full name William Owen Gooding Williams
Date of birth (1929-11-23)23 November 1929
Place of birth Gowerton, Wales
Date of death 29 March 2013(2013-03-29)
Occupation(s) Boilermaker
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Gowerton RFC
Swansea RFC
Devonport Services R.F.C.
Royal Navy
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

William Owen Gooding 'Billy' Williams (23 November 1929 – 19 March 2013) was a Welsh international rugby union player.[1][2] A prop forward, he played club rugby for Gowerton, Swansea and the Royal Navy. At international level he represented Wales on 22 occasions and was chosen to represent the British Isles team on their 1955 tour of South Africa.

On the 1955 British Isles Tour the all-Welsh front row of Billy Williams, Bryn Meredith and Courtney Meredith was selected for a Lions test match. This did not occur again until June 2009 when Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones and Matthew Rees were selected as the British and Irish Lions front row for the 2nd Test against South Africa.


  1. Mugford, Byron (4 April 2013). "BILLY WILLIAMS PASSES AWAY". Swansea RFC website. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. Billy William international profile ESPN

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