William "Bill" L. Francis (born October 1947) born in Featherstone, is an English born Welsh professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, Wales, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Wigan, St. Helens, Oldham, and Salford, as a fullback, Wing, Centre, stand-off/five-eighth, i.e. number 1, 2 or 5, 3 or 4, or 6.
Bill Francis won caps for Wales while at Wigan in 1975 against France, England, in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against France, England, Australia, New Zealand, England, Australia, New Zealand, and France, in 1977 against England, and France, while at St. Helens in 1978 against France, England, and Australia, in 1979 against France, and England, while at Oldham in 1980 against France, and England, and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1967 against Australia, and in the 1977 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand, Australia (2 matches).
Bill Francis played in Wigan's victory in the Lancashire County League during the 1969–70 season.
Bill Francis played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in Wigan's 15-8 victory over Widnes in the 1971 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 August 1971, and played fullback in the 19-9 victory over Salford in the 1973 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington, on Saturday 13 October 1973.
Bill Francis played right wing, i.e. number 2, in Wigan's 7-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1968–69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored 2-conversion in the 6-11 defeat by Leigh in the 1969 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1969–70 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 16 December 1969, played stand-off/five-eighth in St. Helens' 11-26 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1977 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Craven Park, Kingston upon Hull on Tuesday 13 December 1977, and played stand-off/five-eighth in the 7-13 defeat by Widnes in the 1978 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1978–79 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 12 December 1978.
Bill Francis made his début for Wigan in the 12-0 victory over Liverpool City in the Western Division Championship at Central Park, Wigan on Thursday 28 March 1963, he scored his first try for Wigan in the 17-5 victory over Warrington at Central Park, Wigan on Monday 2 January 1967, he was the top try-scorer with 40-tries in the Championship during the 1968–69 season, he played left-centre, i.e. number 4, and was sent-off for fighting with Gary Hetherington (left-second-row, i.e. number 11) in the 78th Minute in Wigan's 7-8 defeat by York in the 1976–77 Players No.6 Trophy second round during the 1976–77 season at Clarence Street, York on Sunday 7 November 1976, he scored his last try for Wigan in the 52-8 victory over Whitehaven at Central Park, Wigan on Sunday 28 August 1977, and played his last match for Wigan in the 13-18 defeat by Bradford Northern at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Sunday 9 October 1977.