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Ray Williams

Ray Williams OBE

Physical Education 1944

Teacher Training 1951

After his successful playing career with London Welsh and Northampton, Ray is perhaps best known as the first coaching organiser of the Welsh Rugby Union, where his input helped the Welsh team dominate northern hemisphere rugby during the 1970s.

He is credited with setting up a squad system in Wales in the late 1960s, which has since been implemented worldwide. In 1980, he was appointed Welsh Rugby Union Centenary Officer before becoming secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union — a post in which he served until 1988.

From 1993 – 1997 he represented the Welsh Rugby Union on the International Rugby Board and was Chairman of the Lions Committee in 1997. In 1991, he was the tournament director of the Rugby World Cup. He was awarded an OBE for his many achievements in 1995.