Geraint Davies (rugby league)

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Geraint Davies
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Personal information
Full name Geraint Rhys Davies
Born (1986-03-07) 7 March 1986 (age 31)
Swansea, Wales
Playing information
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 15 st 10 lb (100 kg; 220 lb)
Position Prop, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–10 Crusaders RL 47 7 0 0 28
2010 (loan) Sth Wales Scorpions 11 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Limoux Grizzlies 36 2 0 0 8
Total 94 9 0 0 36
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–11 Wales 11 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Geraint Rhys Davies, (born 7 March 1986) is a Welsh former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s, and 2010s. A Wales national representative second-row or loose forward, he played in Super League for Welsh team, the Crusders.

Background[edit]

Davies was born in Swansea. Educated at Llandovery College on a rugby scholarship, he began his rugby career in the Llanelli Scarlets academy.

Playing career[edit]

Davies signed his first professional contract at 18 for the Crusaders and later played for them in the European Super League. Davies initially played prop but could also play in the back row.

Davies won the Crusaders Young Player of the Year award in 2006 after scoring six tries in 29 appearances and was an ever present in the Welsh national squad including their successful Rugby League European Cup winning team in 2009 and 2010, coached by Iestyn Harris.

Davies won a cap for Wales while at Celtic Crusaders 2008 1-cap.[1]

He was named in the Wales team at second row to face England at the Keepmoat Stadium prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[2]

Davies gained further honours while at the Crusaders in the 2009 winning Rugby League European Cup team 4-caps.[3] He scored his sole try for Wales in their 42-12 defeat of Ireland [4]

A loan spell followed for the South Wales Scorpions and Davies then signed for Limoux Grizzlies in the Elite One Championship where he reached a Grand Final eventually losing to Lézignan Sangliers.[5] Whilst at Limoux Grizzlies in 2010, he was named in the Wales team at loose forward to face Italy at the Racecourse Ground prior to Wales' Rugby League European Cup defence [6]

Other work[edit]

A Welsh speaker, Geraint was often the face and voice of the Crusaders on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru. He has also co-presented S4C's Y Clwb Rygbi XIII alongside Sarra Elgan, children's programme 'Stamina' alongside Welsh rugby union international Nick Robinson and 'Ar dy draed' a part of S4C's programme Stwnsh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Crusaders dominate Wales' squad". BBC. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Evans twins named in Wales squad". BBC. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wales 42-12' squad". BBC. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Scorpions sign another Welsh international". rleague.com. 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gareth Thomas scores on Wales debut in loss to Italy' squad". BBC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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