|Nathan Williams -
Tighthead Prop - Born 1983 (5th Oct) Joined Moseley for 2007/08.
Six appearances for Llanelli Scarlets team
in 2003, has since played for Llanelli and Cardiff in the Welsh
In 2006-7 he made 20 appearances for Scarlets feeder club Narberth and
won the players' player of the year award.
|Programme profile :
Nathan Williams Dec 2007
A Welshman in Birmingham
It is a long way from Pembrokeshire and the far west of Wales to Birmingham. It is not only the distance and the difficulty of the journey beyond the end of the M4, but also a matter of culture, history and language. The differences between rural life and the city can be huge and can pose a real challenge to anyone contemplating such a move.
Nathan Williams made this move when he joined Moseley from Narberth rfc in July of this year. He has settled down well, having been joined in an apartment in Moseley by his girlfriend Claire from home. That he has done so is a tribute to all those concerned in the club for his well being, both on and off the field.
Nathan brought to Moseley an impressive CV. He was born in Haverfordwest on the 5th October 1983 and educated at Milford Haven Comprehensive School and Llandovery (16-19) Sixth Form College. On leaving school he trained, as befits a man of his imposing size (6ft, 18stone), as a
banksman-rigger in the heavy construction industry.
Before leaving Wales he played for Narberth, Carmarthen Quins, Llanelli and the regional side, Llanelli Scarlets. More to the point, Nathan played for the Welsh U16 (2001), U17 (2002), U18 (2003), U19 (2004) and U21 (2005) International teams and it was the Welsh selectors who converted him from a No. 8 to a Prop, capable of playing on both the loose and tight head.
Nathan joined Moseley for 2007/08, both as a professional rugby player and a Schools/Community rugby coach, having been introduced to Moseley by a longstanding school friend who is now a player’s agent. He has settled down to the new rules governing the engagement of opposing front rows, accepting the safety arguments for their introduction, but feels that they give an advantage to the weaker packs that they do not merit.
His most abiding rugby memory is of playing for the Welsh U18 side in 2003 against Argentina in a World Cup match that Argentina won after extra-time by a penalty shoot-out. As Nathan said, a searing experience like this scars you for life.
Outside rugby, his interests are swimming, golf (which he has taken up recently) and weights. Not unnaturally, at 24, Nathan has given little thought to life after rugby, especially since props tend to stay in the game longer than most. He is keeping his options open knowing that, if other opportunities do not arise, his crane skills are always in demand, especially in Birmingham where the regeneration construction programme will last at least another twenty years.
In the context of life after professional rugby, Nathan made an interesting suggestion, i.e. that those who work in the Community/Schools rugby coaching scheme should be given a day off each week to attend technical college to take subjects that would be helpful in their later life.
We wish him well.
Born 1983 (5th Oct)
Height 1.82m 6’
Weight 117kg 18st.5