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W J A Davies

Nation: England
Place of Birth: Pembroke
Position: Fly half
Internationals: 22 caps between 1913 and 1923
Inducted: March 23, 2002

Born in Pembroke in Wales in 1890, WJA Davies led England to the Grand Slam in 1921 and 1923. He was England’s most capped fly half with 22 appearances until Rob Andrew’s emergence towards the end of the 20th century, and he captained his country on 11 occasions. His career was interrupted by World War I when, as a naval officer, Davies served aboard HMS Iron Duke, then HMS Queen Elizabeth and was appointed OBE in 1919 in recognition of his naval duty. He was also a member of the pre-War Grand Slam winning sides of 1913 and 1914.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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