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    Posted on January 3, 2012 by Selby

     




    JPR Williams the former Rugby fullback is noted for his legendary performances when playing for Wales his home country and the British Lions. His achievements both on and off the field have led to an increasing demand in Rugby Memorabilia associated with his many successes.
    JPR (1949) was Capped for Wales in 1969, during his career for Wales he was Capped a total of 55 times, he received a further 8 Caps playing for the British Lions.
    JPR is often described as a model sportsman, everything required of the competitive full back, combining talent, pace, fearless tackling and an uncompromising attacking ability. JPR is rated by many astute fans as the best full back ever.
    Growing up near to Bridgend in South Wales JPR was educated locally prior to attending Millfield Public School in Somerset. He showed a keen interest in both Rugby and Tennis and in fact in 1966 when competing for a British junior singles title at Wimbledon he beat the legendary Tennis star and Sports Club owner David Lloyd 6-4, 6-4 he went on to win the World Junior Title in Canada the following year.
    JPR had always made his medical studies his first priority rather than professional sports so at the start of the Open era in1968, which saw a number of tournaments allowing professional players to compete with amateurs, he decided to concentrate more on Rugby, which fitted in with his medical plans.
    A few Test stats 1969 – 1981:
    International debut 2/3/69 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield won 17-3
    Final appearance 7/2/81 Wales Scotland at Murrayfield lost 15-6
    In 1981 completed 12 careers wins over England without loss.
    Wales captain 5 times (1978 – 79) Champion and Triple Crown seasons
    A few Test Stats
    Capped: 55
    Points: 36
    Tries: 6
    Penalties: 3
    Conversions: 2
    Drop goal: 0
    JPR was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997.
    JPR Williams Rugby Memorabilia for Collectors: Specific categories of items of interest to me pertaining to this article and the era of JPR would include the following peer players: Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Bob Hiller Andy Irvine, John Taylor, Phil Bennett, Hadyn Tanner, Mervyn Davies, Shane Williams, Scott Gibbs, John Dawes, the list goes on, all the players from that golden era are collectable if the opportunity arises and costs equate.
    Matches of particular interest to me include: Wales defeat France 9-5 in Paris Grand Slam 1971, British Lions tour of NZ, 1971 all four Tests interesting (preference for fourth test), The final Wales v Scotland(18-19) 1971 at Murrayfield, Wales v England(30-9) at Cardiff in the 1969 Five Nations to win Triple Crown and Championship.
    Items of memorabilia to consider include: signed presentations, match worn attire, blazers, badges, programmes, tour agendas, signed photographs, autographs, painting and pictures.
    Purchasing signed collectables online has many pitfalls, I have recently written an article called “rare autographs real or fake” which will give the reader an insight into what to watch out for and make their online or auction experience less expensive and more enjoyable.
    Tony Selby
    Rugby Memorabilia


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