Mervyn Davies

Mervyn Davies

Position: Back Row

Born 09/12/1946
Died 15/03/2012
Place Of Birth Swansea
Height 194cm / 6' 4"
Weight 93kg / 14st 9lbs

Playing Career

Clubs:

Swansea / London Welsh

Education:

Penlan County School (Wales)

Regions:

Surrey / West Glamorgan

Invitational:

Barbarians

Honours:

British and Irish Lions / Wales U25 / Wales

 

Profile

'Merve The Swerve' as he was universally known, played 38 times for Wales winning his first cap v Scotland in 1969 and was on the losing side only 9 times. Instantly recognisable with his trademark white bhead bandaging and moustache, Mervyn was an intelligent reader of the game with an uncanny sense of anticipation enabling him always to arrive first at the breakdown. An athletic jumper at the tail of the lineout, he was the controlling factor at the back of the scrum for Wales and the British & Irish Lions where his lanky figure belied great strength in the maul. He was a key figure in the successfull Lions tour to New Zealand in 1971 while with London Welsh and South Africa in 1974 while playing for Swansea. He captained The Whites in 1975-76. It was when captaining Swansea v Pontypool in a 1976 cup game that he suffered a brain haemorrhage ending a career that would surely have seen him captain the 1977 Lions. With distributive skills second to none, he still stands for many as the finest No8 produced by Wales. He played his last game for Wales v France in 1976 and was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2001.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1972/1973 31 22 2 7 7 0 0 0 28  
  1973/1974 22 12 2 8 4 0 0 0 16  
  1974/1975 19 11 1 7 3 0 0 0 12  
  1975/1976 16 11 1 4 1 0 0 0 4  
  Total 88 56 6 26 15 0 0 0 60  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1973
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1972 Cross Keys N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 41 - 6  
  04/09/1972 Amman Valley N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 7  
  09/09/1972 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  19/09/1972 Italy N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 18 - 12  
  23/09/1972 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 9  
  30/09/1972 Ebbw Vale N8 2 0 0 0 8 W 30 - 0  
  04/10/1972 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 18 - 18  
  07/10/1972 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 9  
  18/10/1972 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 4  
  21/10/1972 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 23  
  28/10/1972 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 25  
  08/11/1972 Maesteg N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 3  
  13/11/1972 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 7  
  18/11/1972 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 28  
  25/11/1972 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 4  
  16/12/1972 Aberaman N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  19/12/1972 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  27/12/1972 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 4  
  30/12/1972 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  08/01/1973 South Wales Police N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 42 - 14  
  13/01/1973 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  22/01/1973 Pontypool N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 32 - 6  
  10/02/1973 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  17/02/1973 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 43 - 12  
  24/02/1973 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 8  
  03/03/1973 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  14/03/1973 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 12  
  10/04/1973 Newbridge N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 6  
  14/04/1973 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  16/04/1973 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 15  
  23/04/1973 Barbarians N8 1 0 0 0 4 L 9 - 35  
Season Breakdown for 1974
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1973 Amman Valley N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 11 - 0  
  08/09/1973 Fiji N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 31  
  12/09/1973 Cross Keys N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 19 - 3  
  19/09/1973 Newbridge N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 4  
  22/09/1973 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 12 - 12  
  13/10/1973 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  17/10/1973 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  03/11/1973 Australia N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  17/11/1973 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  24/11/1973 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 4 - 16  
  08/12/1973 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  22/12/1973 Taffs Well N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 6  
  27/12/1973 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 4  
  29/12/1973 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 19 - 27  
  12/01/1974 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  09/02/1974 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  02/03/1974 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 7 - 16  
  09/03/1974 Bath Rugby N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 36 - 10  
  23/03/1974 Ponsonby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 20  
  30/03/1974 Cardiff N8 1 0 0 0 4 L 23 - 24  
  06/04/1974 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  15/04/1974 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1975
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  12/10/1974 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 16 - 24  
  21/10/1974 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  26/10/1974 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 7  
  09/11/1974 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 11  
  13/11/1974 Blackwood N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 50 - 7  
  16/11/1974 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 15  
  02/12/1974 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  07/12/1974 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 15  
  14/12/1974 Ebbw Vale N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 21 - 16  
  27/12/1974 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 11  
  06/01/1975 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 13  
  11/01/1975 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  25/01/1975 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 0  
  22/02/1975 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  08/03/1975 Northampton Saints N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 47 - 0  
  29/03/1975 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 6  
  31/03/1975 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 13  
  09/04/1975 California N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 21 - 7  
  12/04/1975 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 22  
Season Breakdown for 1976
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/10/1975 Bridgend Ravens N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 3  
  04/10/1975 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 22  
  11/10/1975 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 12  
  18/10/1975 Neath SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 17  
  01/11/1975 Blackheath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  08/11/1975 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 14  
  22/11/1975 Richmond N8 1 0 0 0 4 W 14 - 13  
  29/11/1975 Australia N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  06/12/1975 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 23  
  13/12/1975 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 7 - 20  
  27/12/1975 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 6  
  01/01/1976 Crumlin N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 7  
  10/01/1976 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 6  
  14/02/1976 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 15 - 15  
  28/02/1976 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 18  
  28/03/1976 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 14  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 38 26 4 8 2 0 0 0 7  
  British and Irish Lions 8 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Swansea -
Education: - Penlan County School -
Region: - Surrey - West Glamorgan -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales U25 -

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