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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 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3