Gareth Davies (rugby union, born 1955)

William Gareth Davies (born 29 September 1955) is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions international rugby union player[1] and former chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Gareth Davies
Birth nameWilliam Gareth Davies
Date of birth (1955-09-29) 29 September 1955 (age 68)
Place of birthTumble, Carmarthenshire, Wales
SchoolTumble Primary School Gwendraeth Grammar School
UniversityUniversity of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST)
Oxford University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1973 Tumble RFC
Llanelli RFC
Oxford University RFC
Cardiff RFC
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions

Early and personal life edit

Born in the mining village of Tumble, Carmarthenshire, Davies was educated at nearby Gwendraeth Grammar School in Drefach near Llanelli. Davies was an all-round sportsman, representing Welsh schools at cricket and played for Glamorgan County Cricket Club's second XI. He then studied chemistry at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST), later University of Wales, Cardiff, and later studied for his teaching qualifications at St Catherine's College, Oxford.[2][3] Davies used this experience as an alumnus ambassador for the Seren Network.[4]

Married to Fiona, Davies has two adult daughters.[5]

Rugby career edit

Davies started his rugby career at Tumble RFC and Gwendraeth Grammar School. He briefly played for Llanelli RFC whilst still at school before moving to Cardiff RFC for whom he played for 12 years, during the amateur era of rugby, representing the club in over 380 games and amassing 3500 points – still a club record. His drop-goal helped UWIST win the 1976 UAU Cup Final, beating University of Wales, Swansea, 6–4. He also represented Oxford in the 1977 Varsity Match.

During this time he gained 21 Welsh caps, captaining them five times, and winning a Triple Crown in 1979. He toured with the British and Irish Lions to South Africa in 1980, and injured his knee in the second test at Bloemfontein. He resigned from the Welsh team in 1985 after the No.10 shirt was listed as A.N. Other for the game against England at home at the Cardiff Arms Park, which allowed Jonathan Davies his first cap.

Professional career edit

After retirement from rugby, he became assistant director of the CBI Wales, and then head of sport for BBC Wales from 1988. In 1994 he was appointed Chief Executive of Cardiff Athletic Club/Cardiff Rugby Football Club, where in 1995 he re-signed Jonathan Davies back from his time playing Rugby league as Rugby Union turned professional. In 1999 he joined S4C as Commissioning Editor for Sports and Events. He was also chairman of the Sports Council for Wales, and director of Welsh Affairs for the Royal Mail. In 2006 he joined the Welsh Development Agency, heading the Sydney, Australia office.

In January 2009 Davies was appointed as Dean at Leeds Metropolitan University.[6] The Carnegie faculty provides courses in sport, education, languages and Events, tourism and hospitality, and in 2009 was named the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence, which will help coaches to develop the sporting stars of the future with the aim of making the UK become the leading coaching nation in the world by 2016.[5] Davies is no longer Dean at Leeds Metropolitan University.[7] In July 2014, Davies was nominated by Peter Thomas (owner of Cardiff RFC/Cardiff Blues) to succeed Gerald Davies on the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.[8] Davies was elected Chairman of the WRU on 21 October 2014 and served in the position until October 2020, leaving the post after failing to gain re-election to the WRU National Council in September 2020.[9]

Davies was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2015 and The University of South Wales in 2018 and is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University

References edit

  1. ^ "Rugby photographic encyclopedia & rugby union player/hero images by". Retrieved 3 August 2021.
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  3. ^ Former Internationals Archived 26 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Oxford University Rugby Football Club
  4. ^ Feeney, Jack (21 March 2016). "TV presenter Sian joins list of names hoping to inspire Wales' brightest students". walesonline. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Gareth Davies | BITC". Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ "News | Yorkshire Evening Post".
  7. ^ Howell, Andy (22 August 2013). "Dragons confirm Gareth Davies as new chief executive". WalesOnline.
  8. ^ Thomas, Simon (10 July 2014). "Dragons CEO Gareth Davies backed to replace Gerald Davies on WRU board". WalesOnline.
  9. ^ "Gareth Davies to end chairman role after losing WRU Council seat to Ieuan Evans". BBC Sport. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2022.