- David Williams (rugby league)
David Williams Williams in 2008 Personal information Nickname Wolfman Born 4 August 1986
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb) Playing information Position Wing Club Years Team Pld T G FG P 2008– Manly-Warringah 44 29 2 0 120 Representative Years Team Pld T G FG P 2009 City New South Wales 1 1 0 0 4 2009 New South Wales 2 2 0 0 8 2008 Australia 2 4 0 0 16 As of 20 June 2011 Source: Rugby League Project NRL Stats Herald Sun
David Williams (born 4 August 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles of the National Rugby League. He plays on the wing and can also play in the centres. He is also the younger brother of Cronulla Sharks player, John Williams.
Williams is a former Parramatta RL Junior, playing for the Hills District Bulls based at Baulkham Hills, North-West Sydney.
In 2008, Williams developed a cult following and became known as the "Wolfman" for his shaggy locks and full beard. Williams scored a try in the 2008 NRL Grand Final victory over Melbourne Storm. Following the Manly Sea Eagles Grand Final victory, he had his beard removed by Manly team-mates as he slept.
In October 2008, Williams was named in the Australia squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He made his test debut against Papua New Guinea at Dairy Farmers Stadium, scoring 3 tries, becoming one of few players to score a hat-trick on debut in the green and gold, and making a long break which led to another. Due to a hip flexor injury to teammate Brent Tate, Williams was chosen to play in the World Cup Final against New Zealand on November 22, 2008.
David along with some Manly teammates dyed his beard pink for the Women Of League Round to raise money for charity, in their match against the Penrith Panthers in Round 13 2009.
He made his New South Wales debut on the wing in State of Origin 2 played on 24 June 2009. Unfortunately for Williams and his NSW teammates, Queensland won the game 24–14, and the series. Williams scored a try in each of the two games he played. In Round 25 of 2011, Williams broke his neck and was ruled out for the whole season. He has been given 3 to 4 months to recover.
- ^ Adrian Proszenko, Daniel Lane (28 August 2011). "Quick-thinking Slater praised for first aid on Wolfman". Brisbane Times. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/quickthinking-slater-praised-for-first-aid-on-wolfman-20110827-1jfho.html. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- ^ "Baptism of fire for new Sea Eagle". Fox Sports. 9 May 2008. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23669602-23214,00.html. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- ^ Marshall, Matt (21 April 2009). "Brother wants to tame Wolfman". The Herald Sun. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/nrl/story/0,27074,25360843-5016543,00.html. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- ^ "Grand final: As it happened". Fox Sports. 2008-10-05. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,24449388-23214,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- ^ Gee, Steve (7 October 2008). "'Wolfman' David Williams has beard shaved off". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24459160-421,00.html. Retrieved 27 April 2009. [dead link]
- ^ "Manly six win Australia call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/7656211.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- ^ Six manly players in australia squad – Sydney Morning Herald
- ^ Balym, Todd (2009-05-03). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25422326-5016947,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – Ballin • Buhrer • Cherry-Evans • Cross • K. Foran • L. Foran • Galuvao • Harrison • King (c) • Kite • Lussick • Lyon (c) • Matai • Mauro • Oldfield • Palau Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles squad – 2008 NRL premiers (7th title)1 Brett Stewart • 2 Michael Robertson • 3 Steven Bell • 4 Steve Matai • 5 David Williams • 6 Jamie Lyon • 7 Matt Orford (c)
• 8 Brent Kite • 9 Matt Ballin • 10 Josh Perry • 11 Anthony Watmough • 12 Glenn Hall • 13 Glenn Stewart
• 14 Heath L'Estrange • 15 Jason King • 16 Mark Bryant • 17 Steven Menzies
• Coach: Des Hasler
Australia squad – 2008 Rugby League World Cup Finalists1 Lockyer (c) · 2 Boyd · 3 Campese · 4 Civoniceva · 5 Fitzgibbon · 6 Folau · 7 Gallen · 8 Gidley · 9 Hunt · 10 Inglis · 11 Kite · 12 Laffranchi · 13 Monaghan ·
14 Perry · 15 Price · 16 Prince · 17 Slater · 18 Smith · 19 Stewart · 20 Tate · 21 Thurston · 22 Tupou · 23 Watmough · 24 Williams · Coach: Stuart
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