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Angoose
29 Oct 20 12:21
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Legendary Wales, British and Irish Lions and Llanelli wing JJ Williams has died at the age of 72.

He scored 12 tries in 30 Tests as Wales won four Five Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, during the 1970s.

A former sprinter who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games, Williams also scored five tries in seven Tests for the Lions across two tours.

He sparkled on their unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974, scoring two tries in each of the second and third Tests.

Huge success with Wales followed, as Williams helped his country win the Five Nations Championship four times between 1975 and 1979.

That included Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978 as Williams and his team-mates rubber-stamped their status as greats of not only Welsh rugby but the sport at large.

After retiring, Williams made a name for himself as an outspoken pundit, co-commentating on international and club rugby for BBC Wales.

One of his former clubs, Bridgend, tweeted on Thursday morning: "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."

Former Wales second row Craig Quinnell was another to pay tribute, tweeting: "It's with a heavy heart I write this. My God father. My friend. My mentor and a inspiration to me passed away today. He was a legend to all. RIP JJ."

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stewarts rise
When: 29 Oct 20 14:45
Just heard very sad, a great player in a great side, RIP JJ
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hunt lunt and cunningham
When: 29 Oct 20 15:01
Was a great player in a great Welsh and British Lions team.Very sad but what great memories he has left behind.
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