John Peter Rhys Williams MBE FRCS is a former rugby union footballer who represented Wales in international rugby during their Golden Era in the 1970s. He became known universally as J. P. R. Williams after 1973 when JJ Williams joined the Welsh team. Playing in the position of fullback, he was noted for his aggressive attacking style. With his long sideboards and socks around his ankles, "JPR" was an iconic figure on the legendary 1970s Wales team. However, despite playing fullback throughout his international career, his favourite position was flanker, where he played for Tondu at the end of his career. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards, Ryan Jones, Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins and Alun Wyn Jones. An orthopaedic surgeon by profession, Williams has continued to be involved in rugby since retirement, currently serving as President of the Bridgend Ravens.
About JPR Williams
Welsh rugby union fullback who played internationally for Wales during the team's "Golden Era" of the 70's. He is a member of the inaugural class of the International Rugby Hall of Fame, founded in 1997.
He was a promising young tennis player who competed at the Hard Court Championships of Great Britain in 1968.
He worked as an orthopaedic surgeon following his retirement from international rugby in the early 80's.
His full name is John Peter Rhys Williams. He married a woman named Scilla and has daughters named Lauren and Annie.
He was teammates with Welsh rugby legend Gareth Edwards on the British and Irish Lions.
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