(born 19 October 1963 in Seven Sisters, Wales
) is a Welsh
former rugby union
footballer of the 1980s and 90s.
Davies played his club rugby for Llanelli
and enjoyed a distinguished 46 cap career for Wales
between 1985 and 1995. It was during this period that Welsh packs became far less dominant than in the glory days of the 1970s and Davies, along with the likes of David Pickering
and Bob Norster
, was one of the few class forwards that his side could muster.
The mustachioed Davies was a useful addition to the side mostly because of his offensive ability and the fact that he could play either as flanker
, number eight
or lock forward
His career is also memorable for his involvement in the so called "Battle of Cardiff" in 1987, an extremely violent clash between Wales and England
that saw Davies wind up on the wrong end of lock Wade Dooley
's fist. Davies' first international appearance came in a 24–15 victory over England in Cardiff
, a game that saw his brother-in-law, Jonathan Davies
, also make his debut. England, who had not won in Cardiff since 1963, led the game 15–12, before fullback Chris Martin
failed to take a high kick and Davies (Jonathan) scored a crucial try
. Davies' next appearance came in a 40–3 victory against Fiji
at the Arms Park
, and he marked the occasion by scoring two of his side's seven tries
The following year Davies played in seven tests in total, but was denied a possible......