Barry Davies (rugby union)

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For the 19th century rugby player of this name, see Barry Davies (Cardiff RFC rugby player).
Barry Davies
Full name Barry Davies
Date of birth (1981-03-05) 5 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Carmarthen, Wales
Height 6 ft (1.8 m)
Weight 12 st (76 kg)
School Queen Elizabeth Cambria School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001-2003 Llanelli RFC ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003-2007
2007-2009
2009-2012
Scarlets
Brive
Ospreys
()
Current local club Carmarthen Quins
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 Wales 1 ((0))
Correct as of 12 July 2014

Barry Davies (born 5 March 1981 in Carmarthen, Wales)[1] is a Welsh rugby union footballer. Davies has also been capped by Wales at international level. His usual position is at full back.

Davies joined Llanelli as a 19-year-old from Carmarthen Athletic. He has since made over 100 appearances for Llanelli and the Llanelli Scarlets. During his career at Stradey Park he became the region's top try scorer, racking up 37 tries in his lengthy stay at the region.

Davies was first included in the Welsh squad in 2004, for a series of mid-year tests, after scoring a memorable try for the Scarlets against Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup pool stages, where the Scarlets needed to win the game to qualify for the quarter-finals, which they accomplished. This try provoked reaction all over the Welsh Rugby world and earned Davies a Wales call up. Unfortunately, he was an unused bench replacement in a match against Argentina on June 19.

He made his debut for Wales in early 2006, during the Six Nations that year. He came off the bench in a match against Ireland at Lansdowne Road, which Wales lost 31–5.

It came to light quite late in his Llanelli Scarlets career that Davies was quite a remarkable goal kicker. During and ever since the 2003 season Davies would attempt kicks at goal from long distances. His greatest kick was against Ulster in the Magners League at Ravenhill from an estimated distance of 59 metres. Though he did not perform these kicks often, it was this sort of play on the pitch that earned him the nickname 'Barry the boot' from one commentator during the EDF Energy, then Powergen Cup semi final against Bath.

In 2007, Davies joined French club CA Brive and in June 2009 he joined the Ospreys. He was released by the Ospreys in July 2012[2]

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