Stanley Williams (rugby union)
|Full name||Stanley Horatio Williams|
|Date of birth||2 November 1886|
|Place of birth||Rogerstone, Newport, Wales|
|Date of death||30 April 1936(aged 49)|
|School||Newport Intermediate School|
|Rugby union career|
Stanley Williams DSO (2 November 1886 – 30 April 1936) was a Welsh rugby union fullback who played club rugby for Newport. He won 4 caps for England and was selected for the British Lions 1910 tour of South Africa, in which he played in all three test games.
Williams first played for Newport in 1901 and was part of the team that faced the touring 1908 Australians. Whilst with Newport he had several trials with Wales and was at one stage selected as a reserve for the team, but was never officially selected to represent his birth country. In 1910 Williams was one of five Newport players chosen to represent the British Isles on their tour of South Africa. Williams played in all three test matches.
When the English rugby union invoked Newport's rugby union membership Williams switched his international allegiance to England. Williams was first capped for England on 21 January 1911 when he played against Wales at St Helens. England lost the match 11-15, but in the second game of the Championship Williams finished on the winning side when the English team crushed France 37-0. Williams played in the next two games for England when they lost in tight game to Ireland and beat Scotland to leave them with the Wooden Spoon.
International matches played
- South Africa 1910, 1910, 1910
Williams served his country during World War I, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions during the conflict.
In 1936 on a return trip form Rio de Janeiro to Southampton on the Royal Mail ship Arlanza Williams fell overboard and was declared lost.