Liam Williams (rugby union)
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Williams in 2013
|Birth name||Liam Williams|
|Date of birth||9 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Swansea, Wales|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Liam Williams (born 9 April 1991) is a Welsh international union player currently playing for Scarlets. He previously played for Saracens, Llanelli and local club Waunarlwydd RFC either at fullback or wing. Fullback is his preferred position. Williams is known for his unusual running style and his fearless style of play.
A school boy developed by the local Waunarlwydd RFC club, he was not picked up by any of the Welsh regional professional academies, and hence aged 16 started working as a trainee scaffolder at Port Talbot Steelworks, whilst continuing to play for Waunarlwydd.
In 2017, it was announced Williams would be joining Aviva Premiership side Saracens in England on a three-year contract from the 2017–18 season. In part the decision was based on his relationship with London-based Welsh model Sophie Harries, whom he had been dating since 2015. In the 2018-19 season Williams helped Saracens to both the Premiership title and the European Rugby Champions Cup. In the Premiership final against Exeter Williams scored a try. He returned to Scarlets with immediate effect on 25 February 2020.
In November 2011, Williams was named in the senior Wales training squad for the match versus Australia on 3 December 2011. He made his debut for Wales against the Barbarians on 2 June 2012 at the Millennium Stadium. He scored his first international try on 15 March 2014 versus Scotland and was named Man of the Match.
Williams was selected for the British and Irish Lions in 2017 to tour to New Zealand. Williams was yellow carded in his first match on tour which was a loss against the Blues, but silenced critics with a standout performance against the Chiefs. Williams started in every match of the test series against the All Blacks at fullback instead of his usual position for club and county, on the wing. Williams also set up what was arguably the best try of the series in the first half of the first test.
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