Danny Williams (rugby league, born 1973)
|Full name||Daniel Williams|
4 September 1973 |
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (15 st 4 lb)|
|1993–97||North Sydney Bears||66||3||0||0||12|
|Source: NRL Stats|
Danny Williams (born 4 September 1973 in Hornsby, New South Wales) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He retired from playing at the end of 2006's Super League XI following two seasons with Harlequins Rugby League. He was an Irish international.
Danny Williams first joined the North Sydney Bears in 1993. He made a total of 66 appearances for the club, scoring 3 tries and 1 goal.
After his spell at the Bears, Williams joined the newly formed Melbourne Storm in 1998. The following season Williams came off the bench in the Storm's 20-18 1999 NRL Grand Final victory over the St George Illawarra Dragons. Having won the 1999 Premiership, the Melbourne Storm traveled to England to contest the 2000 World Club Challenge against Super League Champions St Helens RLFC, with Williams playing from the interchange bench in the victory.
On 17 July 2004, during round 19 of the 2004 NRL season, Danny Williams king-hit Wests Tigers' player Mark O'Neill. Williams defended the incident, using four medical experts to argue on his behalf that he was suffering post traumatic amnesia when the incident occurred, which he claims was the result of a high tackle by O'Neill just prior to the incident. Despite Williams' claim he was suspended for eighteen weeks by the NRL judiciary. Even if Williams decided to head overseas the ban would still apply. After the decision was made Williams stated that he was "obviously disappointed with the outcome". It was the longest suspension in Australian rugby league since Steve Linnane was suspended for twenty weeks for eye-gouging in 1987. In total he made 146 appearances for the club but was released after his ban, and signed for English club Harlequins of Super League.
After signing for the Harlequins, Williams missed the opening rounds of the 2005 season following the suspension given to him by the NRL judiciary. He made his debut for the club over the Easter period in 2005, and retired from playing at the end of the following year.