One of the all time Welsh Rugby greats JJ Williams has died aged 72.

The legend scored 12 tries in 30 Tests as Wales won four Five Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, during the 1970s. He also played for the Lions, scoring 5 tries in 7 tests.

A talented all round sportsman he represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games. At the 1970 Games he demonstrated his speed with a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100m heats. He also competed in the 200m and 4x100m.

Williams initially played for Bridgend before joining Llanelli in 1972, and his move to west Wales would lead to a first cap in 1973.

JJ sparkled on the unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974, scoring two tries in each of the second and third Tests.

Ex-team mates and colleagues have paid tribute to Williams who received an MBE in 2012.

Former Wales second row Craig Quinnell tweeted : “It’s with a heavy heart I write this. My God father, My friend,  My mentor and a inspiration to me passed away today. He was a legend to all. RIP JJ.”

One of Williams’ former clubs Bridgend Ravens tweeted: “All at Bridgend Ravens are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player JJ Williams. Our thoughts are with JJ’s family and friends at this tough time.”

Llanelli RFC tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of the great JJ Williams. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and former teammates.”


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