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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 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3