Gareth Davies (rugby player born 1955)
|Full name||William Gareth Davies|
|Date of birth||29 September 1955|
|Place of birth||Carmarthen, Wales|
|University||University of Wales
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team|
|1977||Oxford University RFC
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
British and Irish Lions
Early and personal life
Born in Carmarthen, he was educated in Llanelli. Davies was an all-round sportsman, representing Welsh schools at cricket and played for Glamorgan County Cricket Club's second eleven. He then studied chemistry at the former University of Wales, Cardiff and later studied for his teaching qualifications at Oxford University.
Divorced, Davies has two adult daughters.
During this time he gained 21, gaining 21 Welsh caps, captaining them five times, and winning a Triple Crown. He resigned from the Welsh team in 1981 after the No.10 shirt was scheduled out as A.N. Other for the game against England at home at the Cardiff Arms Park, and replaced by Jonathan Davies who was named Man of the Match in the Welsh victory.
He was a player on the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa.
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 of the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University. The facility provides courses in sport and education, and in 2012 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. Davies is no longer Dean at Leeds Metropolitan University.
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