Williams, the 'Prince of Centres', dies

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Bleddyn Williams, the former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain, has died at the age of 86. Williams, who became known at the "Prince of Centres" won 22 caps for his country, five of them as captain. In 1953 he famously led his club Cardiff and then Wales to victory over New Zealand. The 13-8 triumph for Wales remains their last against the All Blacks.

He toured New Zealand and Australia as vice-captain of the 1950 Lions and led them in two Tests against the All Blacks after Karl Mullen, the tour captain, was injured.

Born in Taffs Well in 1923, Williams was one of eight brothers who went on to play for Cardiff. He served in the Second World War as a glider pilot and after resuming his rugby career won his first cap for Wales in 1947 at fly-half. He moved into the centre and enjoyed an international career until 1955.