David Harris Davies

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David Davies
Birth nameDavid Harris Davies
Date of birth(1877-10-27)27 October 1877
Place of birth Tonna, Neath, Wales
Date of death30 September 1944(1944-09-30) (aged 66)
Occupation(s)police officer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
Tonna RFC
Neath RFC
Glamorgan Police RFC
Glamorgan County RFC
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National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1904 Wales 1 (0)

David Harris Davies (27 October 1877 – 30 September 1944) [1] was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Neath and county rugby for Glamorgan. He won a single international cap, selected to play for Wales in 1904.

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Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

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Neath RFC Welsh rugby union club

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Rugby career

Davies was born in Tonna, Neath, and came through the ranks of local team Tonna RFC, [2] before moving to Neath, considered the area's major rugby team. While with Neath, Davies also turned out for Glamorgan police and Glamorgan County. By the 1902/03 season, Davies was a prominent member of the Neath squad and was given the senior team captaincy. [3]

Tonna, Neath village in Wales

Tonna is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, located to the north-east of Neath town, of which it is effectively a suburb.

Tonna RFC

Tonna Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team from the village of Tonna, Wales, UK. Tonna RFC is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Ospreys.

Davies' most notable rugby match was his one and only international cap, being selected to represent Wales as part of the 1904 Home Nations Championship. The opening game of the Championship had resulted in a 14 all draw between England and Wales, and the Welsh selectors responded by bringing in five new caps, four of them forwards. Played against Scotland at Swansea Wales were led out by Willie Llewellyn. The game was a one-sided affair, with the Welsh forwards providing plenty of possession for the Welsh backs to control the play. [4] Despite a heavy Welsh victory, the Welsh selectors made further changes for the next game, with Davies being one of those players dropped from the team.

The 1904 Home Nations Championship was the twenty-second series of the rugby union Home Nations Championship. Six matches were played between 9 January and 19 March. It was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

St. Helens Rugby and Cricket Ground sports venue

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Willie Llewellyn Welsh rugby union player

William Morris "Willie" Llewellyn was a Welsh international rugby union player. He captained Wales in 1905 and London Welsh in 1902. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1905 touring All Blacks, toured with the British Isles to Australasia in 1904 and won three Triple Crown trophies. He played club rugby for many teams, predominantly for Llwynypia and Newport.

Jenkins would later become a prominent member in Welsh rugby administration. [3]

International matches played

Wales [5]

Bibliography

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References

  1. David Davies player profile Scrum.com
  2. A Brief History of Tonna RFC Archived 2011-08-31 at the Wayback Machine tonnarfc.co.uk
  3. 1 2 Jenkins (1991), pg 37.
  4. Griffiths (1987), pg 4:11.
  5. Smith (1980), pg 464.