David Williams Biography
David Williams is a former Australian Rugby League footy player, positioned on the wing through the 2000s and 2010s.
He’s a New South Wales State of Origin, and Australia international representative – as well as staying loyal to his NRL team, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Williams took the side to victory in 2008, snagging the NRL Premiership.
David Williams’ Professional Rugby Career
Williams begun his career playing for the Parramatta Junior outfit, the Hills District Bulls.
The legend developed a cult following throughout his time with the side, and gained the nickname, “Wolfman” for his luscious locks and scraggly beard.
In the time that followed, David Williams made his way up the ranks, becoming one of the key players in the Manly Sea Eagles squad.
In 2008, Williams scored a try in the 2008 NRL Grand Final Victory on the Melbourne Storm. Following the win, Sea Eagles players removed his beard as he slept.
Following this, David Williams was named in the Australian Squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
He made his first ever test debut against Papua New Guinea at Dairy Farmers Stadium – where he scored a whopping three tries. Williams also made history as one of the few players to score a hat-trick on his debut in the green and gold.
But, David Williams didn’t stop there – also playing in the World Cup Final against New Zealand on 22 November 2008.
The onslaught of matches continued, as Williams rose to stardom, playing on the wing in Manly’s 28-20 victory against the Leeds Rhinos in the 2009 World Cup Challenge.
This same year, he dyed his hair pink alongside other Manly teammates, for the Women of League Round – whilst also raising money for charity in their Round 13 clash with the Penrith Panthers.
This same year, he packed his bags for City v Country on 8 May 2009.
Arguably, this was David Williams’ biggest year; he also made his New South Wales debut on the wing in the State or Origin match, scoring try in each of the games he played.
In Round 25 of the 2011 NRL Season, the unthinkable happened – David Williams broke his neck against the Storm, and was ruled out of the entire season, missing out on their win in the 2011 NRL Grand Final.
Returning to the turf a year later, but on foreign soil, Wolfman travelled to England to face off against the Leeds Rhinos in the 2012 World Club Challenge.
He came through shining, without any further neck problems.
Coming into 2013, David Williams enjoyed another stellar year, finishing the minor round as the seasons leading equal try scorer – at 19.
Williams took home the title, alongside David Simmons from the Panthers, and James McManus of the Newcastle Knights.
The Wolfman also matched up against the Sydney Roosters in the 2013 NRL Grand Final, where endured an absolute horror of a night.
He was out jumped for the ball in the first half by Daniel Tuopu, which led to a try. Then, he failed to kick the ball as Roosters’ Michael Jennings snapped past him to score the winning try.
Following the Grand Final defeat, David Williams went missing and did not report to the club for over a week.
On 10 July 2014, his career was once again put on hold, when he was banned from playing in the 2014 NRL Season, following revelations he had punted on matches.
He returned once more to the Manly squad, in 2015, where he snagged the winning try in the Sea Eagles’ ANZAC Day match against Melbourne.
He was then named captain of the NSW Cup team, where he played at fullback.
David Williams retired at the end of the year.
David Williams’ life Outside of Football
Williams had an acting debut in a short film, Darkness Comes, where he plays a wolf man.
Williams also worked as a part time model, for brands such as Calvin Klein, and the charity calendar, Gods of Football.