Number 8 - Mervyn Davies with David Parry-JonesLondon: Pelham Books, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little dulled. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “In 1976 the rugby-playing days of Welshman Mervyn Davies — ‘Merv the Swerve’ to his countless friends and admirers in the world of sport — were sadly and abruptly ended by a serious brain haemorrhage. By that time he had become his country’s most-capped forward, making thirty-eight consecutive appearances at number 8. In his last nine games he captained Wales, leading them to the Triple Crown and finally to a Grand Slam of four championship victories and a win over the touring Australians.
Born and brought up in Swansea, the son of a Welsh International lock forward, Merv moved to Surrey and began a career in teaching. He had just joined the London Welsh RFC when he was selected for the Welsh XV in February 1969. The broad, white headband swathing an unruly mop of hair was soon to be seen in all the great rugby arenas of the world. It stood not only for successful power rugby but also for clean, sporting play.
This book, written in collaboration with leading rugby writer and broadcaster David Parry-Jones, encompasses Mervyn Davies’s career in European rugby, his visits to New Zealand and South Africa as a key member of all-conquering British Isles sides, his thoughts on the modern game and on his contemporaries, and also the tremendous fight for life he put up in the spring of 1976 when he had to undergo a major operation. It is a success story, yet it reveals a man who remained engagingly modest and level-headed while winning all the honours which Rugby Union football has to confer.”