The myth appears in his autobiography "So by the time of Junior Wimbledon in 1966....it began to sink in that I was the 1966 Junior Wimbledon Champion". “Like a forest animal he was blessed with the sixth sense for the presence of danger. Williams had many high points in his career, being a key player in a Welsh side that won Grand Slams in 1971, 1976, and 1978, and is particularly remembered for his record against England. The powerful French wing was hurtling towards the line and was about 18 inches short when JPR emerged from nowhere to dismiss the Frenchman from his presence with a no-arms tackle into touch. Williams' focus moved from tennis to rugby union, which was an amateur sport, in order to pursue a career in medicine. In January 2006, in a party of 16 Welsh men and women, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for charity, helping to raise more than £200,000 for the NSPCC's 'Full Stop' Campaign. In the same year he was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to rugby. His 11 games for the invitation side The Barbarians included the fixtures against South Africa and Fiji in 1970 and New Zealand in 1973. He captained Wales five times in 1978-79. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1980. In 10 Tests between Wales and England he scored five tries – exceptional for a full-back – and was never on the losing side. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1979 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television's Teddington Studios. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1979 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television’s Teddington Studios. He is also remembered for his part in what is widely recognised as the greatest try ever scored – for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973. In his autobiography Given The Breaks: My Life in Rugby, Williams recalls: “Appearing on This Is Your Life was very special. John Peter Rhys Williams was born just outside Bridgend, on March 2, 1949, and was educated at Bridgend Boys Grammar School (now Brynteg Comprehensive School) and then Millfield School in Somerset. This was his favourite position and he played in the back row for Tondu at the end of his career. Williams has represented several cricket teams, particularly the Lord's Taverners team, between 1976 and 2004.. He is also remembered for his part in The greatest try ever scored. JPR Williams will be remembered as one of the true icons of Welsh rugby. JPR Williams is leaving the field with his face an ugly mass of blood, having been stamped on by New Zealand prop John Ashworth while playing for Bridgend against the All Blacks in 1978. With his trademark unkempt sideburns, flowing locks and rolled down socks the full-back perhaps epitomised the swashbuckling spirit of the 1970s better than anyone. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards, Ryan Jones, Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins and Alun Wyn Jones.. On the way to representing Wales 55 times, collecting three Grand Slams, he would be on the winning side in all 11 of his Anglo-Welsh clashes. He has represented several cricket teams, particularly the Lord’s Taverners team, between 1976 and 2004. In 1974, Williams was a core member of the ‘Invincibles’ outfit that saw off South Africa 3-0. In January 2006, in a party of 16 Welsh men and women, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for charity, helping to raise more than £200,000 for the NSPCC’s ‘Full Stop’ Campaign. More Lions caps may well have come his way, but Williams chose not to go on the 1977 tour to New Zealand, after being advised by his consultant to focus on his medical career. Playing in the position of fullback, he was noted for his aggressive attacking style. A maiden try arrived the next season, fittingly against England.  However, he did win a British Junior competition that was held that same year at the Wimbledon venue, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, beating David Lloyd. Uncompromising. Moments of astounding courage passed into folklore. He became known universally as J. P. R. Williams (or sometimes just as JPR) after 1973 when JJ Williams (also John) joined the Welsh team. Williams’s focus moved from tennis to rugby union, which was then an amateur sport, in order to pursue a career in medicine. In the 1974 ‘invincible’ series against South Africa he again played a major role. Three years later, his monster drop-goal in Aukland salvaged a 14-14 draw against New Zealand, securing the series 2-1. I was tricked into going up to the Thames Television studios in London, supposedly for an interview with my old pal John Taylor, who had gone into broadcasting after his retirement from rugby. The competitor of competitors.”, A full list of contents for Rugby World's November 2020 issue, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google, Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5, LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS. Country: Wales >> Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5 in our Autumn Subscription Trial. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards, Ryan Jones, Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins and Alun Wyn Jones. He quickly attracted attention and was consequently first capped by Wales in 1969, aged 19. From 1978-82 he rose from Surgical Registrar to Orthopaedic Registrar at Cardiff Hospitals, becoming Senior Orthopaedic Registrar at St Mary’s, London, from 1982-86 and going on to work at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Mid Glamorgan. Grand Slams would come in 1971, 1976 and 1978, whilst one of the great Championship tries was scored against England in Cardiff in 1975 on the way to the title, with legendary centre Ray Gravell cutting a wonderful line through midfield before passing to Steve Fenwick – wing JJ Williams applying the electrifying finishing touch.
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