Jim Williams (rugby union)

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Jim Williams
Jim Williams 2011 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name R.W. Williams
Date of birth (1968-12-08) 8 December 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Young, New South Wales, Australia
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb; 249 lb) [1]
Occupation Assistant coach
Club information
Position Flanker /Number eight
Current club Retired
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
W. Hartlepool
Greater Sydney Rams
Representative teams
Australia (sevens)
14 (10)
Professional clubs coached
Munster (Assistant coach)
Munster (Forwards coach)
Representative teams coached
2008–11 Australia (Assistant)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Team competition

Jim Williams (born 8 December 1968) is a former international rugby union player and coach. He was most recently assistant coach to the Australian national rugby union team. Williams has been head coach of the Greater Sydney Rams in the National Rugby Championship since 2015, succeeding Brian Melrose

Early life[edit]

Born in Young, New South Wales, Williams played rugby league as a boy. He began rugby union after joining the army at age 17. He played for Young RFC, then moved to Brisbane where he played for West Brisbane.[2]

West Hartlepool, England[edit]

Williams moved to England in 1994 and played one season with West Hartlepool.[3]

Australian rugby[edit]

On returning to Australia, Williams played Sydney club rugby while remaining on the fringes of the NSW Waratahs team. It wasn't until he changed to the back row that he was able to find enough form to be picked up by Eddie Jones at the ACT Brumbies in 1998. It was his form playing for the Brumbies that led to his selection for the Australian squad for the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Munster & Ireland[edit]

After missing Wallabies selection in 2001, Williams accepted a two-year deal with Munster, and soon captained the Irish club. He played 30 Heineken Cup matches for Munster, and scored 15 points. Williams played until 2005 when he was appointed assistant coach.[4][5][6]

Wallabies assistant coach[edit]

He continued in coaching roles at Munster until 2008 when new Wallabies coach Robbie Deans offered him the Assistant Coach role. At the start of Australia's international rugby season in June 2008 Williams took up his new role alongside fellow assistant Michael Foley.[1][7][8][9][10] Williams left the Wallabies in 2011.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Jim Williams profile". ESPN. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Mulqueen, Charlie (11 August 2001). "Williams relishing Munster challenge". Irish Examiner. Ireland: Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Hewett, Chris (16 November 2000). "MacQueen opts for pace of Williams". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Stokes, Jim (23 April 2003). "Williams wants more of the same". BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Thornley, Gerry (16 April 2003). "Captain Jim". Rugby Europe. ERC. Retrieved 9 December 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Jim Williams profile". Ireland: ecrugby.com. Retrieved 11 December 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Wallaby Role For Jim Williams". Munster Rugby. 9 February 2008. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Williams named Wallabies assistant". Fox Sports. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Wallabies Profiles – Assistant Coach – Jim Williams". Australian Rugby Union. 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.  Archived 4 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Wallabies Profiles – Assistant Coach – Jim Williams". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 9 December 2008.  Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Williams leaves Wallabies role". ESPN. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
Preceded by
Mick Galwey
Munster captain
Succeeded by
Anthony Foley