Cardiff have led the tributes to former Wales flanker Owain Williams, who has died at the age of 56.

Williams made more than 200 appearances for Cardiff before retiring in 2001, while he won a solitary Wales cap against Namibia 11 years earlier, scoring a try. He also captained the Wales sevens team.

His brother Gareth, who played for Wales and toured South Africa with the 1980 British and Irish Lions, died in 2018, aged 63.

"It is with great sadness that Cardiff Rugby have learnt of the passing of former flanker Owain Williams following a long battle with cancer," the Welsh club said.

"Owain is fondly remembered at Cardiff Arms Park, and the thoughts and condolences of everyone at Cardiff Rugby are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Williams, who started his playing career at Glamorgan Wanderers and also spent four seasons with his home-town club Bridgend, helped Cardiff to two Welsh Cup triumphs and was part of the team that reached the inaugural Heineken Cup final 25 years ago.

Williams' son Teddy is currently a member of Cardiff’s first-team squad.

Cardiff life president Peter Thomas added: "The thoughts of everyone at Cardiff Arms Park are with the family and friends of Owain at this incredibly sad time.

"His career spanned from the amateur to the professional era, and he was always one of the very first names on the team sheet back in 1996 due to his diligence, professionalism and athleticism.

"To this day, Owain is undoubtedly one of the best back-row forwards Cardiff has ever had. He was a wonderful player and person.

"He will be sadly missed by all of us, particularly at such a young age. He was a very special player and was respected by everyone he played with or against."