Player Archive - B. L. Williams

B. L. Williams player photo.
  • Country: Wales Wales
  • Points Scored: 15
Bleddyn Llewellyn Williams was born in Taffs Well, near Cardiff, on 22 February 1923 and educated at Rydal School. Whilst there he captained the Anglo-Welsh Public Schools against Welsh Secondary Schools at Cardiff Arms Park, a venue which became synonymous with his playing career and later service to the game. Known as the "Prince of Centres", he went on to score 185 tries in 283 games for Cardiff between 1945 and 1955. He was club captain in 1949-50 and 1953-54, the latter gaining him legendary status with Cardiff's victory over New Zealand and, five weeks later, as captain again when Wales beat the All Blacks again at the Arms Park. Having first tasted representative rugby for Wales in the Services internationals during World War II and the Victory internationals immediately after it, he gained the first of his 22 full caps for Wales against England in 1947. He captained his country five times and with five wins. In 1950 he was vice-captain of the British Isles in New Zealand, Australia and Ceylon, playing in 21 games, seven of them as captain, and scoring 13 tries. A popular Barbarian, he captained the Club in two of his 11 appearances, which included the fixtures against Australia in 1948 and South Africa in 1952. He was also on the Barbarian committee from 1949 to 1951 and in his later years was president of Cardiff Athletic Club. Three of his brothers - A.D., Cenydd and Lloyd - were also Barbarians. Bleddyn Williams died on 6 July 2009, aged 86.

Games Played

Date Opponent Points    
04 March 1954 East Midlands 3 Full Squad Match Images
03 April 1953 Penarth 0 Full Squad Match Images
26 January 1952 South Africa XV (non-cap) 0 Full Squad Match Images
03 March 1949 East Midlands 6 Full Squad Match Images
30 March 1948 Newport 0 Full Squad Match Images
31 January 1948 Australia XV 0 Full Squad Match Images
09 April 1947 East Midlands 0 Full Squad Match Images
08 April 1947 Newport 3 Full Squad Match Images
04 April 1947 Penarth 0 Full Squad Match Images
28 February 1946 East Midlands 0 Full Squad Match Images
26 December 1944 Thorneloe XV 3 Full Squad Match Images