Morgan Williams (rugby union)

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Morgan Williams
Full name Morgan Andrew Williams
Date of birth (1976-04-17) April 17, 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Kingston, Ontario
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998–2000
2000–2002
2002–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007
Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Français
Saracens FC
Stade Français
SC Albi
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2008 Canada 58 (68)
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
Teams coached
Years Team
2009–2010 Canada 7's

Morgan Andrew Williams (born April 17, 1976 in Kingston, Ontario)[1] is a rugby union scrum half.

A Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native, Williams debuted on the world rugby scene at age 23 when he scored two tries for Canada against France during the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

The 183 cm, 84 kg Williams has played professionally with Bordeaux-Begles (1999–00 season), Stade Français (00-02 and 06 seasons), Saracens (02-05 seasons). Williams beat out Christophe Lassuque to gain the starting role at Stade Français, and Kieran Bracken at Saracens. Williams Played 3 times for the British Barbarians, and was selected in the Martin Johnston vs Joan Lomu North vs South game in Twickenham.

Williams has scored 12 tries and 1 drop-goal for Canada in 58 caps. He has participated in three world cups (1999, 2003, and 2007). He has also played a number of times for Canada in rugby sevens, most notably at the 2001 & 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens and 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 2005 against Argentina he captained Canada's fifteens for the first time in his career. After the 2007 World Cup he retired from international rugby.

Morgan Williams was announced as the head coach of the Canadian rugby sevens team in 2009 where he led the team to a top 8 world ranking.[2] Williams also coached Canada Mens 7's to a 3rd place finish in the Work Games in Cali Columbia.

In 2012 Williams joined Women's Sevens head coach John Tait as the skills coach for the Women's National Sevens Team, who Finished 2nd in the 7's World Cup and 3rd in the first ever Olympics in Rugby Sevens history. In 2016 Williams was announced as the Assistant coach of the team. Currently Williams has helped the Olympic Bronze medalist finish 1st in Sydney, Australia, 3rd in Las Vegas, USA, 2nd in Kitakushu, Japan, and 2nd in Langford, Canada. Williams is also a Professional Fire Fighter for the municipality of Esquimalt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan Williams player profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ "Men's 7s / Coaches". rugbycanada.ca. Retrieved January 29, 2010.