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Martyn Elwyn Williams (born 1 September 1975) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for Cardiff Blues and has won 54 caps for Wales as an open-side flanker. Rugby Union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... Cardiff Blues (Welsh Gleision Caerdydd) are a regional Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ...

Williams (Height 6 ft., weight 15st 8lbs) played club rugby for Pontypridd, with whom he won the 1996-7 Welsh league, then moved to Cardiff in 1999 and later transferred to the regional Cardiff Blues team. He is captain of the Cardiff Blues side. Pontypridd Rugby Football Club aree a Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier League. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club The self professed Worlds Greatest Rugby Club. History Cardiff RFC was founded 1876, playing their first game against Newport. ...

After gaining international caps at every junior level he won his first Wales A cap in 1996 and then made the senior side against the Barbarians the same year. His first appearance in the (then) Five Nations Championship was against England in 1998. He captained Wales for the first time against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2003 England Rugby is the name of the English national rugby union team. ... Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union, a founder member of the International Rugby Board in 1886 with fellow Celtic nations Ireland and Wales. ...

He won his 50th Welsh cap against England in the first match of the 2005 Six Nations Championship and played a prominent part in Wales' Grand Slam that year, notably scoring two tries early in the second half against France in Paris when Wales had appeared to be heading for defeat. He was named RBS Six Nations player of the Championship. History The Five Nations Championship, with its predecessor, the Home Championship, was the premier international rugby union tournament in the Northern hemisphere. ... Grand Slam is a general sports term applied when achieving something special. ...

Williams was selected for the British and Irish Lions tours to Australia in 2001 and to New Zealand in 2005. The official 2005 Lions logo The British and Irish Lions (formerly British Isles and then the British Lions; commonly the Lions) is a Rugby Union side comprising a pick of the best players from the four Home nation unions, i. ...

He holds a brown belt in Judo and played centre half for the Welsh YMCA U16 soccer side.

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Telegraph | Sport | Out of the shadows (788 words)
Martyn Williams took his usual escape route yesterday from the Grand Slam hype and hoopla that is coursing through Wales - he went home.
Williams has tried to bulk up but accepts that he is what he is at 15st 8lb.
Williams has a mature perspective on these madcap times in Wales, perhaps the result of dealing with a personal trauma just over four years ago when losing his younger brother Craig to skin cancer.
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