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Ten things you should know about the Wales superstar


From the reason for his nickname as Sanjay to Defuse the Bombs, find out more about the Scarlett star

Who is Liam Williams: Ten Things You Should Know About Wales suite

Capable of covering any position across all three defences, Liam Williams is known as one of the best aerial players in the world.

he won six countriesand Champions Cup, Pro14 and Gallagher Premier titles, making him one of the most decorated players in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ten things you should know about Liam Williams

1. Liam Williams was born on the 9th of April 1991 in Swansea and measures 6 feet 2 inches and 13 inches and 9 pounds.

2. He began playing rugby at Waunarlwydd RFC, where the Wales prop was also developed for Nicky Smith.

3. No regional academy picked up the young Williams, so he went to work as a scaffolder at a steel mill in Port Talbot, working at altitudes of up to 300 feet. It’s obvious where his comfort in the air comes from!

4. His nickname “Sanjay” comes from summer vacation in Greece when he was young. Another family thought he looked like Sanjay Kapoor, a market trader East Enders.

5. He was picked up by Al Scarlets when he was 20 years old, and they initially developed Williams at Llanelli RFC. He made his debut against Connacht in September 2011.

Liam Williams making his debut against the Barbarians in 2012 (Getty Images)

6. Was promoted to Wales first team quickly – he made his camp debut in December 2011 before making his debut against the Barbarians in June 2012.

7. Saracens signed Williams on a three-year deal right after he helped linebacker Scarletts to the Pro12 title. There he won two Premier League titles and a Champions Cup before returning to Scarletts after breaching the Saracens salary cap.

8. The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour saw Liam Williams start all three Tests at full-back against New Zealand. His break in the first game sparked one of the Lions’ greatest attempts.

Also selected for Lions 2021 Ensemble to tour in South Africa.

9. He refers to himself on social media as a “professional at bomb disposal” for his aerial ability.

10. Previously he talked about his struggles with stuttering, which he addressed through speech therapy.

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