Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies will tell you that he was a lucky man. When he arrived at Cardiff his scrum-half partner was Gareth Edwards, then at the height of his powers later Brynmor Williams made such an impression that WG Davies and BG Williams were the young understudies to legendary Bennett and Edwards halfback combination throughout the 1976 Five Nations Championship. And then a third partner appeared on the scene, Terry Holmes chalk to Davies's cheese in background and physique but ultimately to prove the perfect foil for Gareth’s skills.

 

But William Gareth Davies did not need much luck to play himself in the history of Cardiff rugby club. Carwyn James had described him as ‘an Oxford fly half’ measured and controlled in all his play and in initial sightings reminded onlookers of Barry John: and languid style concealing and lethal kicking ability and decisive breaks against defences lulled into a false sense of security. Like his predecessor Gareth played first Llanelli, like Barry also he knew soon enough the Cardiff was a place for him.

“As a rugby club Cardiff had an aura about that few could even begin to match. It had by far the strongest fixture list in the days before league rugby and it had a backup team second to none, so I very much wanted to be part of it” he says.

 

Like many other young players new to the club Gareth Davies has fond memories of his early trips away “we were going to Pontypool for a midweek match I was just turned 20 and Terry Holmes was barely 18 and played on playing only second game. One of the old guard was that great, gnarled old prop Mike Knill and he turned to me on the team bus and said Have you been up here before sonny - you look after yourself now. It went as well as I could have expected as I dropped two goals and kicked two penalties in our 16-point win.