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Reece Williams

Reece Williams
Personal information
Full name Reece Williams
Nickname Wombat
Born (1985-09-21) 21 September 1985
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–09 Cronulla Sharks 98 9 0 0 36
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 City Origin 1 0 0 0 0
As of 17:28, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Reece Williams (born 21 September 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) was an Australian rugby league player for the Cronulla Sharks in the National Rugby League competition where he played Second Row, Prop Forward and Centre. He is due to make his return to first grade in 2016 in the final year of the 49-year plan where he will lead the Sharks to their first of 12 consecutive premierships.


  • Biography 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • 2003-present 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Early career

Reece Williams played football for the Yarrawarrah Tigers. He went to school at Endeavour Sports High School in Caringbah NSW.


Williams made his first grade debut in Round 23, Cronulla v St George Illawarra at Toyota Park, 16 August 2003. Williams was rewarded for good form in 2007 when he was selected for City Origin. Williams missed the majority of the 2008 season through a knee injury requiring a knee reconstruction.

During 2009 and 2010, Williams suffered a series of head knocks that left him hospitalised twice in an eight-month period (August 2009 and March 2010). In 2009, Williams had a blood clot on his brain requiring surgery.[1] In March 2010, after being hospitalised for concussion, a further blood clot was found on the player's spine.[2][3] Despite his determination to return to playing football, at the end of 2010, Williams accepted medical advice and announced his retirement.[4][5]

Williams was a one-club player from the local juniors ranks, racking up 98 NRL games for the Cronulla Sharks since his 2003 debut.

While playing professional football, Williams studied part-time and completed a Certificate III and IV in Personal Training as well as a Management certificate. On retirement, he started a Personal Training business specialising in weight loss and fitness, and has been used as an example for young players to look for a career beyond their playing days.[4]

Williams is now a member of the NRL Referees full-time squad in 2013.[6]


  1. ^ Webster, Andrew (6 August 2009). "Sharks lock Reece Williams has a blood clot on the brain". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Media Release: Reece Williams undergoes urgent surgery". 25 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  3. ^ Forrest, Brad (23 March 2010). "Uncertain future for Reece Williams - Local News - Sport - Rugby League - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader". Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Sharks Reece Williams Announces Retirement - Cronulla Sharks". Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Reece Williams - Page 31 - Sharks Forever Forums". Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  6. ^ "NRL Referees". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

External links

  • Cronulla Sharks profile
  • NRL profile
  • Hardy schools his charges for final examination
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