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Gerald Davies
Gerald Davies

Gerald Davies CBE, DL

National Representative, Board of Directors of the Welsh Rugby Union Limited

Gerald Davies sits on the Board of Directors of Welsh Rugby Union Limited as a National Representative.

As a player, Davies was an influential centre turned winger not only for Wales during the late 1960s and golden era of the seventies but was also a pivotal player for the British and Irish Lions. He is regarded by many as one of the finest international wings of all time.

Davies made his debut appearance for Wales aged just 21 in 1966 in the Test match against Australia in Cardiff, in which Wales lost by a mere three points. In an international career spanning twelve years, Davies amassed an almighty 46 caps for his country and notched twenty tries. Perhaps the most memorable of this number was the one scored against Scotland in the 1971 Five Nations championship. Wales's young crop of players won the Grand Slam in 1971 with Davies now switched to the wing. His score against Scotland brought Wales within one point of victory; the conversion of his try sealed the 19-18 win and further wins against Ireland and France sealed the slam.

His final caps for Wales came on the 1978 tour of Australia, which he captained, yet despite him scoring a try in each Test Wales were unable to win either. Davies though had equalled Gareth Edwards's record of twenty tries for Wales, a record that would be broken a decade and a half later by another Welsh great, Ieuan Evans.

Davies represented the British and Irish Lions on five occasions. After starring in the 1968 Five Nations for Wales he earned his first tour call-up to South Africa later that year but played in only one Test defeat, 11-6, in Cape Town. After the success of the Grand Slam in 1971, Davies travelled to New Zealand with the Lions on the tour of 71, on which he was regarded, alongside Barry John, as one of the key member of the squad responsible for the 2-1 series win.

Davies also represented the Barbarians, including the famous 1973 victory over New Zealand in which the Barbarians won 23-11, after leading seventeen nil at the interval.

Domestically Davies played for Cambridge University, Cardiff (in which he was elected to captain the side in 1975 ahead of Wales teammate Gareth Edwards) and London Welsh; Davies took a break from the international scene during 1970 to concentrate on his English Literature studies at the aforementioned Cambridge University.

In 2002 Davies was awarded a CBE for service to young people and to rugby. He has been a respected journalist for the BBC and continues as a regular contributor to the Times newspaper. In November 2007 Davies was appointed to the position of Team Manager for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

He joined the WRU Board in 2005 as a national representative. He is also Chairman of the Board of the British and Irish Lions. He was Manager of the 2009 Lions on their tour of South Africa.

He has been an Executive Officer with Sport Wales and a non-executive Director and Chairman of HTV. He was also Chairman of the Welsh Youth Agency. He is an author, a rugby columnist for The Times, a member of the Eisteddfod Gorsedd of Bards and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent.

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