George Williams (rugby league)
31 October 1994 |
|Position||Stand-off, Scrum-half, Hooker|
As of 12 April 2018
George Williams (born 31 October 1994) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Wigan Warriors in the Super League and the England national team. He primarily plays as a stand-off.
Williams made his senior debut for Wigan Warriors in 2013. He was awarded the Super League Young Player of the Year award in 2015, and helped the team win the 2016 Super League Grand Final and the 2017 World Club Challenge.
Williams made his international debut for England in 2015, and represented his country at the 2017 World Cup.
Williams was born on 31 October 1994 in Wigan, Greater Manchester, and began playing junior rugby league at local amateur teams Ince Rose Bridge and Wigan St Patricks. He joined Wigan Warriors scholarship programme and was signed to their Academy team in 2011 on a four-year contract.
Williams made his senior début in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup in April 2013, scoring a try in a 60–10 win against Championship side Leigh Centurions. He made his first Super League appearance a month later against London Broncos, scoring another try, and also played against Widnes Vikings. He returned to the Academy side later in the season, helping Wigan win the under-19 Grand Final with two tries in a 34–10 victory against Leeds Rhinos.
Williams became a regular in the first team during the 2014 season, and signed a new four-year contract in May 2014. He made 23 appearances during the season, scoring seven tries, including his first senior hat-trick against Hull in July 2014. He appeared for Wigan as a substitute in the 2014 Super League Grand Final defeat against St Helens.
Following the departure of Blake Green, Williams became the first-choice stand-off for Wigan and was assigned the number 6 jersey before the start of the 2015 season. He played in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos. Williams made 33 appearances and was a near ever-present throughout the season, missing only one game early in the year against Huddersfield Giants after suffering an injury during the warm-up. Williams was awarded the Super League Young Player of the Year award at the Man of Steel awards on 5 October 2015. Williams also played in the 2015 Grand Final, but was again on the losing side as Wigan were defeated 20–22 against Leeds Rhinos.
In 2016, Williams again featured in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos, scoring one try in a heavy 12–42 defeat. Williams also won his first club honours, with Wigan defeating Warrington Wolves in the 2016 Grand Final.
On 19 February 2017, Williams was the stand-out performer in the 2017 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, helping Wigan to a 22–6 win. In April 2017, he signed a new four-year contract with Wigan. On 26 August 2017, Williams played in his first Challenge Cup final, with Wigan losing 14–18 to Hull.
After an outstanding Super League 2015 season, Williams was selected in the England team for their test series against New Zealand. Williams made his début for England in a test match, before the series, against France which saw Williams score a try in England's rout of their opponents.
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