- Jonathan Davies (rugby)
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Jonathan Davies (rugby union)"Infobox rugby league biography
playername = Jonathan Davies
fullname = Jonathan Davies
nickname = Jiffy, JD
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1962|10|24
height = height|ft=5|in=8
weight = convert|12|st|1|lb|kg|abbr=on
position = rlp|FB|FE
club1 = leagueicon|Widnes|size=16
year1start = 1989
year1end = 1993
appearances1 = 134
tries1 = 78
goals1 = 434
fieldgoals1 = 4
points1 = 1180
club2 = leagueicon|Bulldogs|size=16
year2start = 1991
appearances2 = 14
tries2 = 7
goals2 = 36
fieldgoals2 = 0
points2 = 100
club3 = leagueicon|Warrington|size=16
year3start = 1993
year3end = 1995
club4 = leagueicon|North Queensland Cowboys|size=16 North Queensland
year4start = 1995
appearances4 = 9
tries4 = 1
goals4 = 19
fieldgoals4 = 1
points4 = 43
teamA = leagueicon|Great Britain|16 Great Britain
teamB = leagueicon|Wales|16 Wales
ru_position = fly-half|capital=yes
ru_club1 = leagueicon|Tweeds|16
ru_year1start = 1982
ru_year1end = 198x
ru_club2 = leagueicon|Souths Magpies|16
ru_year2start = 198x
ru_year2end = 198x
ru_club3 = leagueicon|Wales|16
ru_year3start = 198x
ru_year3end = 1988
ru_club4 = leagueicon|New South Wales|16
ru_year4start = 1995
ru_year4end = 1997
ru_teamA = leagueicon|Wales|16 Wales
ru_yearAstart = 1985
ru_yearAend = 1997
ru_appearancesA = 37
ru_pointsA = 81
24 September, 2008
source = [http://rugbyleagueproject.com/players/Jonathan_Davies.html Rugby League Project]
MBE, (born 24 October 1962in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire) is a Welsh former dual-code rugby international.
Jonathan Davies started his career in rugby union at amateur level but was persauded into the more dynamic world of rugby league. He would later return to rugby union.Davies is the son of Diana and Len Davies, who worked in Trostre,
Llanelliand played centre for Swansea and Llanelli RFC. Len had also been made Captain of Trimsaran Rugby Club. Davies has one younger sister, Caroline (born 1964).
Davies started school at Trimsaran Primary School, where he was part of the Welsh medium class. His teacher Meirion Davies introduced him to rugby, and he started playing Rugby Sevens. Although he did not have the strong physique for the contact sport, his talent and flair for the game was recognized by many, including local great
Carwyn James. Davies passed his Eleven Plus and was sent to Gwendraeth Grammar School, where he met his first wife Karen Hopkins whom he was to marry some ten years later. In 1974Davies played for the very first time at Cardiff Arms Park, when he was chosen for the West Wales Under 12's.
Age 17, Jonathan left school and became an apprentice painter and decorator. After developing at Trimsaran RFC, he was given a trial with Llanelli but was rejected. Neath gave him another chance and he signed with them in
1982, selected to play at fly-half.
After 35 games for Neath he was selected to play for Wales, against
Englandat home in the Cardiff Arms Park. After scoring a try and a drop goal, Davies was named Man of the Match in the Welsh victory.
Jonathan was made Captain at Neath before being transferred to Llanelli. In
1988he played a very important part in the Triple Crown success for Wales and between 1985 and 1997 he won 37 rugby union caps.
Problems in the Welsh game were cruelly exposed on the
1988 New Zealandtour, with injuries meaning Davies captained the side in four games - he stood out as the class player. The two tests were lost by fifty point margins, although Davies did score a 90 metre try in the second. Davies returned with ideas for Welsh rugby on how it could improve - he was ignored. Davies was blamed in the media for the surprising Welsh defeat to Romania. As Llanelli placed pressure on him from the WRU to commit himself wholeheartedly to them, he controversially decided for the best interests of his family to move to the rugby leagueteam Widnes, who signed him for £225, 000 [ [http://www.sporting-heroes.net/rugby-heroes/displayhero.asp?HeroID=959 Jonathan Davies - Wales Rugby Player - Rugby-Heroes.net ] ]
Davies started in Rugby League with much anticipation, and took time to adjust to the differing sport and its rules. As he learned the game and tried to bulk up, in
1991he took on a further challenge when he spent the summer in Sydneyplaying for the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Davies had small stints playing with
Australian rugby league teams the Canterbury Bulldogsin 1991, and the North Queensland Cowboysin 1995. A huge signing with fantastic potential for the Cowboys squad, was unfortunately unable to get out to Australia until mid way through the 1995 Winfield Cup Premiership. Thus the Cowboys were already looking down and out for the year and the team morale was rather low. He showed signs of brilliance especially in a fantastic full field try against the Newcastle Knightsin Newcastle. But he was openly critical of the infant club's administration and struggled to have impact week in and week out resulting in a release from the club.
Return to rugby union
After the birth of daughter Gena in
1995, Davies' wife Karen was diagnosed with cancer. In need of family support and as rugby unionhad turned professional, Davies went back to South Wales and signed to play for Cardiff RFC.
Davies had a lot of trouble readjusting to
rugby union, particularly as he was played out of position: despite the fact that he had played many different positions in league he had only ever played fly-half in union. Many thought that his team mates deliberately did not pass the ball to him as they considered him a traitor for 'going North' in the first place. On a guest appearance on A Question of Sportin 1995he was asked what the biggest change was after returning to rugby union. Davies replied "It's the first time I've been cold for seven years. I was never cold playing rugby league."
1996Davies was awarded an MBE and went with his family to Buckingham Palaceto collect his award. Sadly in 1997, his wife Karen died.
Davies's parents left Trimsaran and moved to Cardiff so that they could help their son raise his young family.
Since retiring from rugby, Davies' cross-code technical knowledge of rugby tactics and jovial personality has enabled him to easily gain media work commentating and reviewing rugby games in both codes. He has worked as a television pundit for the
BBCcovering both rugby codes, in both English and his native Welsh language.
Since 2004 Davies has hosted his own rugby themed chatshow, "Jonathan", on
S4C, the Welsh-languagechannel, on the nights before international matches.
He is an active supporter of Wooden Spoon charity. [http://www.noahs-ark-appeal.org/category/46]
Davies passed his Eleven Plus and was sent to Gwendraeth Grammar School, where he met his first wife Karen Hopkins. The couple married ten years later, and had three children: Scott (born July
1988); Grace (born November 1992); Gena (February 1995).
It was shortly after Gena was born that Karen was diagnosed with
cancer, and so the family moved back to South Wales in 1995for family support. Tragically, Karen died in 1997.
2002Davies married Helen in Cardiff, with the best man role taken by his long-time friend and ex-rugby player Ieuan Evans.
* [http://www.wru.co.uk/9585.php Wales Rugby Union profile]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/halloffame/sport/jonathandavies.shtml Bio at BBC Wales]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/3392161.stm 10.Jonathan Davies]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/rugby_special/1840661.stm Bio at BBC Rugby Special]
* [http://www.abingdonmanagement.co.uk/index.cfm?page=showspeaker&sp=jd Bio at agent Abingdon Management]
* [http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/8934 Cartoon of Jonathan Davies by Dorrien]
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