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David Williams - Rugby Leagues Cover Boy

September 14, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 200

When it comes to raw talent and magnetic charisma, the Australia Rugby League does not have a dearth of clear-cut examples. David Williams, in particular, was voted by Outsports Readers as the hottest athlete in the world and won the King of the Hardwood competition in 2009. He beat out 63 other jocks to clinch the title in a contest spearheaded by Mariner Duck Guy which is closely similar to the NCAA men's basketball popularity contest.

Williams participated in a 'Gods in Football' campaign to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer research-and in the process stood out from the rest of the hot Aussie athletes who also showcased their chiseled assets and physique in a colourful calendar and DVD. William's magnetic appeal shouldn't precede his talent of the game, where he can shift between wing and centre roles if necessary. Impressive athletic skills run in the Williams family because in fact David is the younger brother of John Williams, who plays for the Cronulla Sharks.

The 'Wolfman' with his signature beard knows when to clean up for a calendar photo shoot yet is ready to get down to business when it comes to no-nonsense, in-your-face rugby. He may look like a pretty boy but he is the real deal (and according to reputable league insiders, not gay). There are detractors but his following certainly outnumbers them. Williams has had a cult following since 2008 ever since he scored a try in the NRL Grand Final where his team won against Melbourne Storm.

Another notable career milestone was being selected to be part of the Australia squad for the Rugby League World Cup in 2008 at Dairy Famers Stadium where he made his trial run against Papua New Guinea. In that same competition Williams was one of a few players to score in the green and gold a hat-trick on debut aside from making 3 try scores. The slot to play in the World Cup Finals against New Zealand in November 22, 2008 was providential to Williams but a setback to Brent Tate, his teammate who was the original choice but had to back out due to a hip injury.

Funny and laid-back, Williams again showed his charitable streak by dying his beard pink in a match against Penrith Panthers in 2009 and encouraging his Manly team-mates to do the same so that the team can raise money for the Women of League Round.

In 2010 Williams suffered an injury at the beginning of the season during an opening head-on clash with the Tigers. His 2010 NRL campaign became bleak when a training injury sidelined him during pre-match training on the eve of that game. Coach Des Hasler believed that Williams could've staged a comeback if only he aced his fitness and medical tests ahead of the Dragons match. The rebounding player subsequently had surgery and was back on his feet in no time. Today Williams enjoys the security and the perks of a three-year deal for St. Helens at the Super League.

For more information on David Williams you should check out his profile on Footysocial at http://www.footysocial.com.au/players/davidwilliams

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