Darrell Williams

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This article is about the New Zealand rugby league footballer. For the American football player, see Darryl Williams. For the ice hockey player, see Darryl Williams (ice hockey). For the Australian politician, see Daryl Williams.
Darrell Williams
Personal information
Full name Darrell Christopher Williams
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Mount Albert
1987–93 Manly-Warringah 93 15 0 0 60
1994 Parramatta 5 0 0 0 0
Total 98 15 0 0 60
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985–90 New Zealand 21 4 0 0 16
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Source: [1], [2], [3] & [4]

Darrell Christopher Williams[1] is a New Zealand rugby league selector and NRL judiciary member and a former footballer and coach. A New Zealand international representative outside back, he played his club football in the Auckland Rugby League for Mt Albert and in Sydney's NSWRFL Premiership for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (with whom he won the 1987 NSWRL Grand Final) and the Parramatta Eels. He later coached the Samoan national team.

Playing career[edit]

Williams started his playing career in the Auckland Rugby League competition where he played with the Mt Albert club.[2] During this time he gained selection for New Zealand and in a test against Australia was on the receiving end of a famous hit from Australian skipper Wally Lewis. This tackle was later described by commentator Ray Warren as easily the biggest he's ever seen.[3] Williams later moved to Australia to play in the NSWRL premiership for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He played in the centres for the Sea Eagles' in the 1987 premiership final, and in doing so became the first Kiwi to play in an Australian grand final-winning team.[4] Following the grand final victory he travelled with Manly to England for the 1987 World Club Challenge against their champions, Wigan. After several seasons with the club he was dropped in 1993, joining the Parramatta Eels for one more season in 1994.

Later years[edit]

In the 1990s Williams was appointed a National Rugby League judiciary member.[5] He was later appointed coach of the Samoa national rugby league team for their 2000 World Cup campaign.[6] Samoa reached the quarter finals where they faced eventual champions Australia and were knocked out. Williams has also been a selector for the New Zealand national side.[7] During the lead up to the 2008 NRL grand final Williams, at the time the longest-serving member of the NRL judiciary, threatened legal action against the Melbourne Storm for criticism leveled at the judiciary over their controversial suspension of Storm captain Cameron Smith.[8] This led to Storm coach Craig Bellamy and then-CEO Brian Waldron paying out $105,000 plus legal costs to Williams and the other judiciary panellists in late 2010.[9]


  1. ^ WILLIAMS, Darrell Christopher 1985 - 90 - Kiwi #586 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ NZPA (2008-09-23). "Former Sea Eagle backs Warriors". tvnz.co.uk (Television New Zealand Limited). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ Webster, Andrew (April 2004). "A few Drinks with Ray Warren". Inside Sport. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  4. ^ Fagan, Sean (2002). "New Zealand Rugby League Players". New Zealanders in Premiership Grand Finals. rl1908.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile: Darrell Williams". Biography & Career Highlights. yesterdayshero.com.au. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  6. ^ Coffey, John; Wood, Bernie (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  7. ^ NZPA (2008-04-30). "League: Marshall out of Anzac test". nzherald.co.uk (APN Holdings NZ Limited). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  8. ^ Santow, Simon (2008-10-02). "NRL grand final build-up dominated by legal talk". The World Today. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and former CEO Brian Waldron pay $105,000 over judiciary comments". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: Herald and Weekly Times). 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.