Tom Williams


(A story of wanting to win too much)

In a Professional Rugby career lasting 13 years, Tom experienced some extraordinary highs and some tremendous lows. Tom’s first hand account of the fallout of the ‘Bloodgate’ scandal is shocking and serves as an example of how toxic culture can influence anyone.

Educated at Wellington College, Tom’s ability on the sports field quickly became apparent. An accomplished cricketer, athlete and footballer, Tom quickly found his real talent lay with Rugby. Following rejection from his county team, he changed direction and was a successful member of Wales’ youth system before reverting back to play for England U21s.

“The date is 12 April 2009. There are five minutes left to play in the Heineken Cup quarter-final between Harlequins and Leinster at Twickenham Stoop.


Dean Richards’ Harlequins side trail by a point. Their goal-kicker is off the field with an injury. Their replacement kicker has just pulled his hamstring off the bone. Quins need a penalty or drop-goal to win…


What happens next, involving winger Tom Williams and a fake blood capsule, becomes one of sport’s most fascinating scandals.”

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