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Mervyn Davies - Back Row

Mervyn Davies
Height194
Weight93
Date Of Birth09/12/1946
Place Of BirthSwansea
EducationPenlan County School
ClubsSwansea, London Welsh
RegionsWest Glamorgan, Surrey
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions, Wales U25
InvitationalBarbarians
Date Of Birth: 09/12/1946 (63)
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

'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 head 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 successful 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.

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
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3