STATEMENT: Wales and British and Irish Lions legend JPR Williams dies aged 74 - Ruck

STATEMENT: Wales and British and Irish Lions legend JPR Williams dies aged 74

In a somber announcement reminiscent of a bygone era of rugby glory, RUCK mourns the passing of Welsh and British and Irish Lions rugby icon, JPR Williams, who has passed away at the age of 74.

A legendary figure associated with London Welsh, Bridgend, and the Barbarians, JPR Williams left an indelible mark on the rugby landscape, particularly during the triumphant years of Wales and the Lions in the 1970s.

The former full-back not only donned the captain’s armband for both Wales and Bridgend but also earned a remarkable 55 caps while representing his country. Williams etched his name in rugby history during the Lions’ historic victories in New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974, amassing eight Test caps in the process.

In a poignant statement released by the Williams family, it was revealed that JPR passed away peacefully at the University Hospital of Wales.

Surrounded by his devoted wife and four children, the rugby legend succumbed to a brief but valiant battle against bacterial meningitis. The family has requested privacy during this challenging period.

JPR Williams’ legacy includes three Five Nations Grand Slams in 1971, 1976, and 1978. While he stepped away from international rugby in 1981, the rugby stalwart continued to occasionally grace the rugby field before ultimately hanging up his boots in 2003.

RUCK pays tribute to a true rugby icon, celebrating the life and contributions of JPR Williams.