Williams calls it a day

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Oct 2016 at 16:20
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The Sharks today confirmed that centre Heimar Williams has decided to hang up his boots – at the age of just 25.

Former Affies pupil Williams, who has been a stalwart for the Sharks from under 19 up through to Super Rugby level since joining the Academy after school, is one of relatively few modern players to place as much of an emphasis on a professional qualification as they do on their rugby career. Having worked hard to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in parallel with his Sharks commitments, Williams has opted to pursue a career in that field – thus saving his body at least a few years of hard knocks.

Heimar has represented the Sharks on 39 occasions across Currie Cup and Super Rugby and we think him for his contributions and wish him well for the future.

The Sharks are expected to announce a number of new signings for 2017 later this month, with Namibian Johan Dessel widely tipped to come in to replace Williams in midfield.


  • Ja a bit sad as I’ve always rated Heimar as a player!!! Think all I can say is thanks for the memories and good luck for your future!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.16 17:12:00 by JD Reply
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  • Never really rated Heimar, but the fact that he could play rugby at this level while completing his qualifications as a CA speaks volumes about his dedication and discipline. I have no doubt he’ll have much success in his future; wishing him good luck almost seems superfluous…

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.16 18:33:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Good luck, Heimar…and thanks! There were some tries in there that I will remember with great fondness…

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.16 21:46:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • He should have moved on not quit. He has a lot of talent and with constant game time and maybe a change of playing style he could have proven his critics wrong.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.16 07:07:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • Best of luck Heimar!

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.16 07:50:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • All the best and thank you.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.16 09:23:48 by Hulk Reply

  • Good luck Heimar, BV said you really one guy a coach can count on. You will be remembered as such.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.16 09:26:36 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • I think the fact that he wasnt first choice aided him in this decision. Didnt think he quite got the chance to shine.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.16 10:17:29 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 8) : in the “bigger is better” world of SA rugby a player like Heimar will always struggle to “shine”. Personally I think he was very unlucky to play at the same time as Frans and then Andre.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.16 11:47:13 by JD Reply
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