JJ Williams: Wales and British Lions rugby star dies aged 72

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Wales and British and Irish Lions winger JJ Williams has died at the age of 72, one of his former clubs have announced.

Williams, who was christened John James but known throughout the world of rugby by his initials, was one of the finest finishers the game has seen.

JJ Williams with his son Rhys and the bronze medal he won in 2006 for the 400m Hurdles

One of his former clubs Bridgend Ravens tweeted: “All at Bridgend Ravens are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player JJ Williams. Our thoughts are with JJ’s family and friends at this tough time.”

He scored 12 tries in 30 appearances for Wales and won Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, as well as four Triple Crowns between 1976 and 1979.

Williams toured South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977 with the Lions and his try-scoring exploits put…

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