Jason Williams (rugby league, born 1981)

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Jason Williams
Personal information
Born (1981-01-21) 21 January 1981 (age 36)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004 Cronulla Sharks 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Canberra Raiders 16 1 0 0 4
Total 22 1 0 0 4
As of 26 March 2009
Source: RLP
Statistics
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Boxing record
Total fights 2
Wins 1
Wins by KO 1
Losses 1

Jason Williams (born 21 January 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a rugby league player and heavyweight boxer who currently plays for the Glenora Bears in the Auckland Rugby League. His position of choice is at Prop Forward.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Mount Albert Grammar and represented the New Zealand Secondary Schools and the Junior Kiwis in 1998.[1]

He then played for the Marist Richmond Brothers in the Bartercard Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Williams signed with the Cronulla Sharks in 2004. However he was charged with an assault on team-mate Jeremy Smith, who was left with a fractured cheekbone, he was remanded in custody without bail for 4 months but then got bail in the Supreme Courts and later had the charges dropped with no conviction. .[2] Williams was released after just over three months due to good behavior and decided to take up boxing.

However Canberra Raiders general manager Don Furner offered him a contract and Williams ended up playing three seasons with the Raiders between 2005/06/07.[3]

Williams then joined the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup for the 2008/2009 seasons before joining the East Tigers.[4] At the time the Seagulls and Easts were a feeder club to the Brisbane Broncos.

Later years and Boxing[edit]

Williams returned to Sydney from Queensland to focus on a boxing career.[5][6] His first professional fight was in 2010 when he lost to John Szigeti at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on 4 December.[7]

In 2011 Williams returned to New Zealand and joined the Te Atatu Roosters in the Auckland Rugby League competition before leaving the club and joining the Glenora Bears.[8] In June Williams appeared on the undercard of the Sonny Bill Williams' Clash for Canterbury. Williams defeated his opponent, Kris O'Neil, by knock-out in the second round.[7][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.181
  2. ^ "Rugby League: NZ player on assault charges in Australia". The New Zealand Herald. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Williams running Raiders' hard yards to redemption The Canberra Times, 19 June 2005
  4. ^ Ashton Sims vows to be own man The Courier-Mail 24 November 2007
  5. ^ Ex-NRL enforcer Jason Williams lines up Carl Webb, Willie Mason, Sonny Bill Williams The Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2010
  6. ^ Williams has heavy issues The Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2009
  7. ^ a b Jason Williams boxrec.com
  8. ^ Mackey, Turei (11 March 2011). "Sharing life's lessons". Western Leader. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Star Aussie & NZ boxers 'Clash For Canterbury' nzfighters.com, 7 June 2011