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Terry Davies: Former Wales and Lions full-back dies

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Terry Davies also represented the barbarians 13 times

Terry Davies, former full-back for the Welsh and British and Irish Lions, has died at the age of 88.

He was the top scorer on the 1959 Lions Tour of Australia and New Zealand, although he only played 13 of the 31 games.

Davies participated in two Lions Tests, including a win over New Zealand in Auckland.

He won 21 caps for Wales between 1953 and 1961, despite missing three seasons with a shoulder injury.

“As a young boy, I was fortunate to see Terry play at his peak,” said Phil Bennett, past President of Wales and Lions.

“He was a hero of mine, a local Bynea boy, but a player with a real aura. He could attack, shoot on goal, break the line, he was an outstanding player.”

Davies of Llwynhendy was first capped for Swansea as a teenager but switched to Llanelli when he resumed his career.

Famous for his tough work, he scored 50 points for Wales and five on Lions Tests and has been dubbed “Wales’s First Superstar Defender” by the editors of his autobiography.

Davies had a stint with the Royal Marines and later worked as a timber merchant.


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