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World War One rugby roll of honour: Johnny Williams

There were 13 Welsh rugby internationals who lost their lives in World War One. But who were they?

Johnny Williams was born in 1882 in Whitchurch, Cardiff. He won Grand Slams three times with Wales, was one of the superstars of a hugely successful side, while being known for his signature swerve and scoring 17 tries in his 17 matches.

He died of wounds in the attempt to take Mametz Wood in the Somme in 1916 while a captain in the 16th Bn. Welsh Regiment.

Rugby historian Gwyn Prescott talks about his career and war service.

  • 14 Aug 2014
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