Billy James (rugby union)

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Billy James
Full name William John James
Date of birth (1956-07-18)18 July 1956
Place of birth Port Talbot, Wales
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1983-1987 Wales 21 ((4))

William John "Billy" James (born 18 July 1956)[1] is a former Welsh international rugby union player.

A hooker, he captained the Wales national rugby union team on one occasion against Ireland in 1987. James played his club rugby for Aberavon RFC where he was initially nurtured under the eye of club legend and then Captain Morton Howells, whom he succeeded in the front row berth.

James was one of three front row Internationals in the Aberavon RFC side at that time - Clive Williams and John Richardson being the others.

He captained Aberavon RFC in the 1979-80, 1980-1, 1984-5, 1987-88 & 1988-9 seasons.

In 1989 James was one of several leading players who fell out with the management of the club over several issues, the major one being finance and the way forward. No agreement was reached and he was one of nineteen players who left the club. He finished his career with Swansea RFC