Rugby\’s been semi-professional for a long time you know

Davies left London Welsh in 1972 to join Swansea, giving up teaching to work as a sales manager for WA Blyth of Swansea, suppliers of industrial safety clothing to the mining and steel industries.

I too would think of turning a school teacher into a sales manager.

Well, I would if the school teacher were the Wales No 8, just back from a victorious Lions tour of New Zealand and my sales were all to the rugby mad mining and steel industries of South Wales.

Recall, these were the days when the Welsh front row all worked at the same mine, played for the same club and, unkindly so it is said, shared the same one tooth.

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  1. I remember when one of the Borders scrum-halves (for Hawick?) said that Borders rugby was semi-pro. Why, if he did particularly well his butcher would give him free lamb chops on the Monday.

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