Queen’s birthday honours: Former Wales and Lions rugby star ‘blown away’ by MBE

Former Wales and Lions star Brynmor Williams says he is “blown away” to receive an MBE in Queen’s birthday honours. The 70-year-old former Cardiff, Swansea and Newport scrum-half has been recognized for his services to sport and charity in Wales.

“I am delighted, privileged and very surprised. I didn’t see it coming. I knew absolutely nothing about it,” he says. “Then I received a letter about three weeks ago. I thought ‘What is this?’. It was a big thick yellow envelope from the Cabinet Office. I thought it was income! I didn’t put two and two together at all.

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“I’m almost ashamed to talk about it. I think ‘Why me?’. I’m kind of smiling with joy and smiling with ‘Oh my God, what happened here?’ I’m just a normal guy.

“I never thought my credentials would be strong enough for this type of recognition. I’m a little blown away by the whole thing. I just wish my mum and dad were alive because they would be very proud.

On the rugby front, the Cardigan-born Williams won three caps for Wales and started three Tests for the Lions on their 1977 tour of New Zealand, while he became an expert at the television and radio in English and Welsh. You can read all about his sporting life here.

In his professional life, he has worked in the insurance industry and is currently Sales and Marketing Director of the Thomas Carroll Group. He has been involved with many charities over the years, including the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust – which helps treat players with life-changing injuries – Velindre Hospital, Prostate Cymru, Ty Hafan and Fields in Trust Wales.

“I just do what I can when I can. I like to think I represent the hundreds of people who are doing unseen work for charity with this award,” said the former Cowbridge-based No.9.

Williams’ two sons both followed him into rugby careers. Cardiff scrum-half Lloyd has 32 caps for Wales, while former Llanelli and Cardiff winger Tom is now a Jersey manager.

Charles P. Patton