John Williams
Full names: Johannes Gerhardus
Date of birth: 29 Oct 1946
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Piet Potgieter
Springbok no: 450
Debut test province: Northern Transvaal
Physical: 2.01m, 108kg
Current age: 77

Test summary: Tests: 13 Tries: 0
First Test: 12 Jun 1971 Age:24 Lock against France at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 14 Aug 1976 Age:29 Lock against New Zealand at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Test history:
12 Jun 197124LockFranceWin: 22-9 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinN-Tvl
19 Jun 197124LockFranceDraw: 8-8 Kingspark, DurbanN-Tvl
17 Jul 197124LockAustraliaWin: 19-11 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyN-Tvl
31 Jul 197124LockAustraliaWin: 14-6 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneN-Tvl
07 Aug 197124LockAustraliaWin: 18-6 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyN-Tvl
03 Jun 197225LockEnglandLose: 9-18 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
08 Jun 197427LockBritainLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
22 Jun 197427LockBritainLose: 9-28 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
27 Jul 197427LockBritainDraw: 13-13 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
23 Nov 197428LockFranceWin: 13-4 Stade Municipal, ToulouseN-Tvl
30 Nov 197428LockFranceWin: 10-8 Parc des Princes, ParisN-Tvl
24 Jul 197629LockNew ZealandWin: 16-7 Kingspark, DurbanN-Tvl
14 Aug 197629LockNew ZealandLose: 9-15 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinN-Tvl

John Williams : Doc Craven

Because of his height John Williams was a tower of strength in the line-out. He was an excellent scrummager too, because he had the strength, but it was his line-out work that made him exceptional.

No one had a chance with him when he went up for the ball at No. 3, where he invariably stood. That is one of the reasons why Northern Transvaal's line-out work is so good today; John Williams, who coaches them, is a true authority on this vital aspect of the game.

Under John's guidance Northern Transvaal have again become a team of match winners, and the dominant force in South African rugby. This gives some indication of his ability as a coach, a field where he is making an enormous contribution.