South East Wales

Rugby match for family of Pontypridd's Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams
Image caption Stuart Williams worked at Craig yr Hesg Quarry in Pontypridd

A charity rugby match has been staged in aid of the family of a Pontypridd RFC player who died suddenly.

Stuart Williams, 33, was taken ill at work at Craig yr Hesg Quarry in the town on 21 October and later died.

Gwlad Rugby RFC and Magor Veterans played at the Arms Park in Cardiff on Saturday in aid of a trust fund set up in Mr Williams's name.

Following his death, the prop forward from Glyncoch was described as a "fine man on and off the pitch".

The match was played ahead of Wales' autumn international against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.

Image caption Stuart Williams was described as popular and loyal

Pontypridd RFC thanked the organisers for staging the charity game.

"We support this venture to help Stuart's family - it's fantastic," said a club spokesman.

A statement on the club's website after father-of-two Mr Williams's death described him as popular and loyal.

"The club is today devastated by the news of Stuart's passing, and all thoughts now turn in deepest sympathy to his young family in their time of grief," it read.

Mr Williams represented his local club at youth level before moving to Pontypridd.

He graduated through the ranks and joined Rhymney in 2000.

Following a spell with Cilfynydd, Mr Williams became a regular member of the Pontypridd senior squad.

News of the death last month came as Wales coach Warren Gatland named his squad for the autumn internationals.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Stuart Williams's family," said Gatland at the time.

"On behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union and the national squad our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very, very sad time."

Mr Williams was married to Vicky and the couple had two young children, Harvey and Megan.

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