Barry Davies (rugby union)
|Full name||Barry Davies|
|Date of birth||5 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Carmarthen, Wales|
|Height||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|Weight||12 st (76 kg)|
|School||Queen Elizabeth Cambria School|
|Rugby union career|
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.
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.