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He had many high points in his career, being a key player in a Welsh side that won Grand Slams in 1971, 1976, and 1978, and is particularly remembered for his record against England; in 10 tests between Wales and England he scored five tries- exceptional for a fullback - and was never on the losing side. He was also outstanding for the Lions, winning the 1971 series against New Zealand with a long-range drop-goal and playing a major role in the 1974 `invincible` series against South Africa.
In 1977 he was awarded the MBE for services to Rugby.
Williams retired from international rugby union in 1981 and continued his career as an orthopaedic surgeon. He continued playing club rugby for many years, playing throughout the 1980s and 1990s for Bridgend and then for Tondu Thirds into his fifties. He finally hung up his boots in March 2003. He now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan and is president of the Bridgend Ravens.
Williams was one of the inaugural inductees of the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997.