Sam Williams (rugby league)

Sam Williams (born 18 March 1991) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who last played as a halfback or five-eighth for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Sam Williams
Sam Williams at an Raiders autograph session at Bolton Park.jpg
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Williams
Born (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 31)
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionHalfback, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–13 Canberra Raiders 42 8 0 0 32
2014 St. George Illawarra 4 0 0 0 0
2014 Catalans Dragons 12 4 21 0 58
2015–16 Canberra Raiders 24 4 0 2 18
2017 Wakefield Trinity 24 6 26 0 76
2018–21 Canberra Raiders 37 8 45 4 126
Total 143 30 92 6 310
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]
As of 3 July 2021

He previously played for Canberra in two separate spells and the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League,[3] and for the Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity in the Super League.

BackgroundEdit

Williams was born in Cooma, New South Wales, Australia.

National Youth CompetitionEdit

A Cooma Colts junior, Williams boarded at St Gregory's College for his secondary schooling and played for the Junior Kangaroos in 2010.

Williams debuted for the Canberra Raiders in the National Youth Competition in 2009 and was selected in the team of the year in 2010, he was also previously the National Youth Competition Captain.

NRL careerEdit

Williams has played 65 first grade matches for the Canberra Raiders and 4 for the St. George Illawarra Dragons. He has scored 12 first grade tries. Sam made his NRL début for the Canberra Raiders against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in round 1 of the 2011 NRL season due to an injury sustained by then Canberra Raiders first choice halfback Matt Orford. Williams impressed on his début with a strong all round performance that earned him the man of the match award. In round 6 of the season Orford was again ruled out through injury, giving Williams another opportunity in first grade, in this game against the North Queensland Cowboys Williams was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul. Later in the season Williams managed to cement his spot as the first choice number of seven.

In July 2013, Williams signed a one-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2014.[4]

In June 2014, after only being selected for 4 games in 13 rounds for the St. George Illawarra Dragons, Williams joined the Catalans Dragons in the Super League on a 1-year contract effective immediately.[5]

He returned to the Canberra in 2015 on a two-year deal.[6]

In round 2 of the 2016 NRL season, Williams wore a special James Bond themed jersey with the number 007 on the back. He would kick the match winning field goal in that game with the Canberra club winning 21-20.[7]

In September 2016, Williams was named at halfback in the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team of the Year.

Later in 2016, Sam rejected a new contract offer with the Canberra and signed a one-year contract with English Super League club Wakefield Trinity for the 2017 season,[8] after which he re-joined Canberra on a 2-year deal.[9]

Williams made 10 appearances for Canberra in the 2019 NRL season but spent most of the year playing for Canberra's feeder club side Mounties in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition. Williams played in Mounties elimination final loss against Newtown at Campbelltown Stadium.[10][11]

On 5 November 2019, Williams signed a two-year contract extension with Canberra.[12]

In the 2020 NRL season he made a larger impact on Canberra, captaining them to a win in the final game of the regular season against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[13]

In round 17 of the 2021 NRL season, he scored two tries for Canberra in a 30-16 victory over an Origin depeleted Manly side.[14]

In round 15 of the 2022 NRL season, it was announced Williams would leave the Canberra Raiders having been unable to make it back into the top grade side. Williams played 8 games, scored 3 tries and kicked 15 goals for the Raiders NSW Cup side that year.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ "Sam Williams - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project".
  3. ^ - Canberra Raiders
  4. ^ "Dragons sign halfback Sam Williams | NRL | Zero Tackle". www.zerotackle.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Dragons Catalans › News › 2014 › June › Catalans swoop for Sam Williams".
  6. ^ "Sam Williams returns to Canberra Raiders on two-year deal". 18 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Sam Williams field goal pilots Canberra Raiders to win over Sydney Roosters". 12 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Sam Williams: Canberra Raiders half-back joins Wakefield Trinity for 2017". BBC Sport. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Canberra Raiders sign halfback Sam Williams for NRL and Green Machine comeback". The Canberra Times. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Finals week 1". NSWRL.
  11. ^ "Sezer willing to wait in the wings". nrl.com. May 2019.
  12. ^ "Raiders re-sign Williams as Sezer exit looms". NRL. 4 November 2019.
  13. ^ Sharks v Raiders - Round 20, retrieved 30 September 2020
  14. ^ "'His best week of the year': Ricky's new approach that sparked Raiders turnaround". www.foxsports.com.au. 9 July 2021.

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