Mike Davis (rugby union)

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Mike Davis
Birth nameAlec Michael Davis
Date of birth (1942-01-23) 23 January 1942 (age 79)
Place of birthLichfield, Staffordshire, England
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Sherborne RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1963-70 England 16 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
1979-83 England

Mike Davis (born 23 January 1942) was an England rugby union player and head coach. He played rugby as a lock in his youth for Torquay Athletic RFC and represented the county of Devon before being selected for his first England cap[1] in 1963. He has remained in rugby all his life, continuing even today to coach youth and senior teams in his home town of Sherborne.

International career[edit]


His arrival on the international scene as a player was significant enough that he was profiled in the December 1963 issue of Rugby World magazine.

He was a teacher and coach at Sherborne School (1974–2002) where, alongside Phil Jones between 1975 and 1978, he coached the school to four unbeaten seasons with 35 out of 35 school matches being won. Only a handful of games were lost during a coaching partnership which spanned six seasons.[2]


He was appointed as head coach of England for the 1979/80 season, the only England senior coach ever appointed on the merits of their achievements as a school coach rather than a club coach. His international coaching career spanned four seasons to the end of the 1982/83 season. In his first season as coach England won the Grand Slam in the 1980 Five Nations Championship.

Mike Davis England playing and coaching record
Record as a Dates from – to played won drawn lost win percentage
Player 19 January 1963 – 21 March 1970 16 5 2 9 31.25%
Coach 24 November 1979 – 19 March 1983 20 10 3 7 50.00%

School and club coach[edit]

He coached England in a strictly amateur era and as such he continued to teach and coach at Sherborne School. With the formation of Sherborne RFC in the early 1980s he was soon enlisted to help raise the standard of play at this burgeoning club and he has coached a variety of sides within the Senior and Junior section on-and-off over the last thirty years.[3]


  1. ^ "Mike Davis". ESPN.
  2. ^ "Sherborne Pilgrims Club Notes, 2002" (PDF). www.sherbornepilgrims.co.uk. 2002.
  3. ^ http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/coach/coachresourcearchive/technicaljournalarchive/~/media/files/2009/coaching/articles/technicaljournal/2006/1stquarter/chalkies20legacy.ashx[permanent dead link]
Preceded by
Peter Colston
English national rugby coach
Succeeded by
Dick Greenwood