By captaining the side in the absence of Karl Mullen during the third Test in New Zealand, Williams became the first Welshman to skipper the Lions since 1910. In total, he led the Lions in three Test matches, scoring a try against Australia in Brisbane in his final Test in charge.
A superb all-round player, Williams had a knack of creating space for others. As well perfecting the basic arts of the game, he possessed a impressive sidestep and a deceptive turn of speed.
Born in Taffâ00s Well but brought up in Penarth near Cardiff, Williams won a scholarship to attend Rydal School in Colwyn Bay from the age of 14-18.
He represented his country at Schools level in 1937 before making is Cardiff debut as a tennager. Having served in the RAF in the Second World War, Williams was a regular in the Victory Internationals of 1945 and 1946, later winning 22 full international caps for Wales over an eight-year period between 1947 and 1955.
Bleddyn Williamsâ00 factfile
Date of birth: February 22, 1923
International caps: Wales 22
Williamsâ00 Lions lowdown
Lions debut: Versus Otago, May 20, 1950
Lions Tests: 5 (2nd, 3rd and 4th Tests vs NZ 1950, 1st and 2nd vs Aus 1950)
Lions non-Test appearances: 15
Total Lions appearances: 20
Lions points: 65* (13 tries) *under the current scoring system of five points for a try
Final Lions appearance: Versus New South Wales XV, Newcastle, September 4, 1950
Bleddyn Williams (l) with fellow Welsh Lions John Dawes and David Watkins (r)
On injury and selection in 1950
â00It was the first tour since the War and a great honour to be selected in the first place. They hadnâ00t had a Lions side since 1930 so there was a lot of interest.
â00I didnâ00t know I was going to go because I was injured. I never played in a game in 1950 â00 I missed all four internationals â00 so it was a great surprise.
â00I had to prove my fitness before I went, though. I had to play for Cardiff against Bath on the day that Wales were playing at the Arms Park against France. I was only out of plaster the week before I played the game. Can you imagine what my muscles were like?!
â00I just went through the motions but, thanks to Cliff Morgan, I scored a try in the last few minutes of the game. I think the media were fooled by that because they thought â00Williams is fitâ00. There were five weeks aboard ship, though, so I did a lot of exercise and I was alright for the tour.â0
On training onboard ship
â00We got to know each other on ship as we knew we were going to be away for a long time. There were only 72 of us aboard ship in total. There was lots of training on board - we were exercising and we even had scrummaging on ship. We didnâ00t lose any balls overboard, though, as our passes were accurate!
On taking on the coaching responsibilities
â00We didnâ00t have any coaches. Karl Mullen was the captain from Ireland. He looked after the forwards and Jack Matthews and I looked after the backs. We played the game off the cuff, it was as simple as that. We never had calls but most of the back division were Welsh.â0
Bleddyn Williams (r) with Jack Matthews - the Lions backs coaches of 1950
On the tour itself
â00Iâ00ve still got vivid memories, even after all these years. It was a marvellous tour and a great side to play with. It had to be, though, as there were 14 Welshmen on tour!
â00There was a Welsh society in New Zealand, as there was in Australia, so we had a great following.
â00When I was over in New Zealand three years ago, I was told that the 1950 side would have given the 1971 team a good run for their money.
â00We werenâ00t quite strong enough up front but we had a great back division and we played some lovely rugby. The idea was to entertain. It was instilled in us that we must play entertaining rugby and we were very successful at that.â0
On the Lions chances of success in 2009
â00Having seen South Africa lose to Australia (in their penultimate Tri Nations game), I thought â00weâ00ve got a hell of a good chance of beating themâ00, but when I saw them score 53 points the next week, I couldnâ00t believe my eyes!
â00I saw the â0074 Lions in South Africa and with a bit of luck I might be going this time as well!â0