WRL congratulates Rhys Williams on try milestone

Wales Rugby League have congratulated Rhys Williams for reaching 200 rugby league tries scored as a senior first-team rugby league player.

The Wrexham-born winger, 34, is now in his second spell at RFL Championship side Swinton Lions, where he’s currently on 12 tries, scoring three this season.

Also in the RFL leagues, he has scored 105 tries for London Broncos, 22 for Salford Red Devils, 21 for Warrington Wolves, 4 for Castleford Tigers and 3 for Crusaders. Internationally, he is the Wales record men’s side try scorer with 22.

In addition, he scored 11 tries for Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup in 2014, taking him up to 200.*

Williams said: “I’m massively proud to have hit 200 tries in all competitions. It’s a nice personal accolade to have but I have to say thanks to all the lads I’ve played with. This doesn’t happen without these blokes. I’m looking forward to hopefully extending it more this season with the Lions.”

WRL chairman James Davies said: “Congratulations. Rhys has been a great servant for Wales Rugby League since he made his senior side debut in 2008. That year Rhys also scored seven tries for Wales U19 in the European Championships.

“He’s been a try machine for years scoring at every club he’s been at but also on the international stage for us. It’s great to see many of our Welsh players keeping themselves in good shape as we enter into an important stage at the end of the season in the World Cup qualifiers.”

Williams joins 19 other players who have scored 200 tries in their professional rugby league career, the top three being Billy Boston, Johnny Ring and Clive Sullivan, with Rob Massam being the 19th to join the club last year.


* N.B. Tries in the Queensland Cup are not historically recognised as “first class” despite records from the RFL’s Championship and League 1 being acknowledged as such, so some online records may have his try-count as 11 less than what he’s actually scored as a first team rugby league professional.