Lionel Williamson

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Lionel Williamson
Personal information
Born (1944-04-08) 8 April 1944 (age 73)
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Position Three-quarter back
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1964–65 Halifax
1968–71 Innisfail
1969–74 Newtown 112 41 0 0 123
Total 112 41 0 0 123
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1964–68 Queensland 10 0 0 0 0
1968 North Queensland
1968–74 Australia 11 6 0 0 18
1970–74 New South Wales 3 1 0 0 3
1971 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0

Lionel Williamson (born 8 April 1944) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1960s, and 1970s.[1] A talented winger, he played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership with the Newtown club and also represented Queensland and Australia.[2]

Born in Innisfail, Queensland, North Queenslander Williamson[3] played a season with Halifax in 1964-65,[4] also playing in the Queensland side from 1964 to 1967.[5]

Gaining selection in Australia's 1968 World Cup squad, he scored two tries in the Final against France. He moved to Sydney to play with Newtown from 1969 and played 6 continuous seasons with the club.[6] During this time he also played for Innisfail in North Queensland.[7]

He played in the 1970 World Cup, again scoring in the Final to help Australia to victory. Williamson continued representing Australia until 1974 which was also his final year playing for Newtown.[8]

In 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, Williamson was named in the Newtown Jets 18-man team of the century.

Williamson is the brother of former Queensland and Newtown winger Henry Williamson, and the uncle of former Adelaide Rams, Canberra Raiders, Northern Eagles and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles goal kicking utility player Luke Williamson.