Friday, 16 March 2012

Merve the Swerve RIP

With Wales on the brink of another Grand Slam comes the sad and poignant news that former Wales and Lions no. 8 Mervyn Davies has passed away after losing his battle with cancer, aged 65.

A superbly gifted footballer, 'Merv the Swerve' won 38 caps for Wales and 8 caps for the Lions during the golden era of the seventies, winning two Grand Slams, three Triple Crowns and being an integral part of two victorious Lions tours in 1971 and 1974.

I remember my shock in 1976 at the news that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage on the pitch, sadly cutting his playing career short, but my abiding memory of him will be as one of the all time greats and without doubt the world’s best no. 8 of his era.

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