Wales mourn legend Davies

Tributes have poured in for Wales great Mervyn Davies who has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer.

He led Wales to the 1976 Five Nations Grand Slam, during 38 consecutive caps, and went on two victorious British and Irish Lions tours in 1971 and 1974. Former Wales captain Phil Bennett believed Davies was an “iconic” figure in Welsh rugby.

“The word great and legend are used so frequently these days. This man was iconic,” said Bennett. “He was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Welsh and Lions jersey. To go to New Zealand in ’71 with the Lions and beat the Al Blacks was huge. Three years later in South Africa we beat the Springboks. He was so great on those two tours.”


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