Steve Williams (rugby player born 1982)



Steve Williams (born 5 October 1982) is an Australian-born German international
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player, having played for the SC Neuenheim and the German national rugby union team. He has also played club rugby at highest level in Scotland, the Netherlands and
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Williams has been playing rugby since 1988,Steve Williams profile at
accessed: 5 March 2010
and hails from
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.Aussie backpacker's debut victory
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Williams qualified to play for Germany through his German mother and, after backpacking through Europe and watching Australia play in the
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, he had a trial for Germany, which he passed. He impressed Germany's director of rugby, Peter Ianusevici, enough to field him in Germany's next game.Germans nick Aussie backpacker, published: 23 November 2007, accessed: 5 March 2010
He made his debut for Germany on 24 November 2007, three days after his trial, a 34–5 victory against
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. He neither speaks German nor was he able to sing the German national anthem, but he indicated his willingness to learn both for the upcoming spring tests in early 2008. His debut for Germany however meant, he was not eligible to play for his native country Australia in the future, as the
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allows a player to play for only one country. Williams played three games for the team in the 2006-2008 European Nations Cup Second Division, his last on 26 April 2008, against the Netherlands, with Germany winning all three of them and securing promotion to the 2008-2010 European Nations Cup First Division. After his stint in Europe and playing for Germany, he now again plays in Australia, for Mosman Rugby Club. He is a European and Business Studies student at Sydney's
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. Williams was supposed to play for SC Neuenheim in the 2008–09 Bundesliga season but, despite being confirmed by the club as a transfer, did not travel to Europe to play for the team.TotalRugby Vorschau 1. Bundesliga – 9. Spieltag 2008/2009, published: 20 November 2008, accessed: 7 March 2010


National team

* European Nations Cup – Division 2 ** Champions:
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Steve Williams's personal statistics in club and international rugby:

National team

* ''As of 5 March 2010''


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at {{DEFAULTSORT:Williams, Steve 1982 births Living people Australian rugby union players German rugby union players Germany international rugby union players Australian people of German descent SC Neuenheim players Rugby union props Macquarie University alumni Australian expatriate rugby union players Expatriate rugby union players in Scotland Australian expatriate sportspeople in Scotland People from the Northern Rivers Rugby union players from New South Wales