World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.XX – Thomas Gerald Reames Davies (Wales, British & Irish Lions, Cambridge University, London Welsh, Cardiff) 1945-
One of 25 legends inducted into the Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.
Born 7 February, 1945, in Llansaint, Wales
Blessed with a brilliant sidestep and searing pace, Gerald Davies is widely regarded as one of the finest wingers to have played the game. Initially selected at centre by his country, Davies was switched to the wing by Wales coach Clive Rowlands during their 1969 tour of Australia and New Zealand, a position he had already played while at Cambridge University.
In an international career spanning 12 years from 1966-1978, Davies amassed an almighty 46 caps for his country and scored 20 tries. He played a full part in the 1971 Grand Slam – the first of three in seven years, having missed the previous year to concentrate on his literature studies. Davies’ try against Scotland, and John Taylor’s match-winning touchline conversion, will live long in the memory.
The British Lions tour to New Zealand later that year saw Davies at the peak of his powers, and three tries in the final two Tests helped secure a famous series victory. Davies captained his country on the 1978 tour of Australia, the last time he was seen on the international stage. Domestically, he played club rugby for London Welsh and Cardiff.
In 2002 Davies was awarded a CBE for his services to rugby and young people. He continues to be heavily involved in rugby through his role as chairman of the PRO12. Previously he held the position of team manager of the Lions in South Africa in 2009, and served as a national representative on the board of directors of the WRU from 2005-14.