Player

Bleddyn Williams - Centre

Bleddyn Williams
Date Of Birth22/02/1923
Place Of BirthTaff's Well
EducationRydal School
ClubsCardiff, Newbridge
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions
InvitationalBarbarians
Bleddyn Williams is the most famous of a family of eight brothers who all played for Cardiff. Born in Taffs Well, he first played rugby for Cardiff Schools as a 14-year-old and then played for the Athletic XV. Barely three years later, he went on to captain the first team to a famous win over the 1953 New Zealand All Blacks. Bleddyn learnt his rugby at Radyr School and then during the War years in the Royal Air Force, as a result he didn't make his first team debut for Cardiff until September 1945. The quality of his play in the next ten years earned him the unchallenged accolade of the "Prince of Centres". In a ten-year career at the Arms Park he played 283 games, scoring 185 tries. When his playing days ended in 1955 against Llanelli, his team mates carried him shoulder high from the Arms Park for the last time. His first international cap came against England in 1947 and he went on to win 22 in all, he also played for the Barbarians and for the Lions on their 1949 – 50 tour to Australasia playing in 21 games including all the test matches.
For many years Bleddyn was President of Cardiff Athletic Club. 
In 1999 Bleddyn Williams was inducted into the Cardiff Rugby Hall of Fame and further details regarding his career can be found in that section of the website.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1945-1946 21 17 0 4 30 0 0 0 90
1946-1947 27 22 2 3 12 0 0 0 36
1947-1948 30 29 0 1 41 0 0 0 123
1948-1949 32 26 3 3 25 0 0 0 75
1949-1950 24 17 3 4 23 0 0 0 69
1950-1951 22 15 4 3 5 0 0 0 15
1951-1952 22 18 0 4 11 0 0 0 33
1952-1953 26 18 1 7 6 0 0 0 18
1953-1954 39 30 2 7 17 0 0 0 51
1954-1955 38 32 4 2 14 0 0 0 42
TOTAL 281 224 19 38 184 0 0 0 552
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 2 2 0 0 57 33 9
Aberavon 2 2 0 0 51 40 8
Merthyr 2 1 0 1 59 44 6
Swansea 2 1 0 1 47 29 5
Llandovery 1 1 0 0 26 20 5
Newport 1 1 0 0 29 23 5
Pontypridd 2 1 0 1 43 41 5
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 2 1 0 1 43 43 5
Ebbw Vale 2 0 0 2 44 71 1
Carmarthen Quins 1 0 0 1 17 20 1
Bridgend Ravens 1 0 0 1 26 27 1
Llanelli 2 0 0 2 15 66 0