Has the bite for to play on at 50
Tordo the dog has long since departed the scene, while Tordo the rugby player played only one more match for France after the 1993 game against Wales which saw him take a liking to one of Davies’s digits.
Davies later said: “I put my hand into a maul and Tordo bit my finger. I’ve never minded the physical side of rugby, but I thought that was going a bit far.
“Newspapers made it sound worse than it was.
“But it’s certainly something remember.”
Nowadays, Davies spends a couple of days a week farming and the rest of his work time out in the van selling farm-related merchandise. “I love getting out and about,” he says.
“It’s something different and I enjoy meeting people.”
He is content with the way his rugby career went. “There are no regrets,” he said.
“I played for some great clubs in Neath, Llanelli and Richmond when they were doing well in the English premiership.
“I also had a good run with Wales. You are what you are given, and it’s about doing as well as you can and trying to make the most of it.
“I loved playing and I still enjoy it. “It’s not something you lose.” He isn’t going to feature for Crymych every weekend, that’s for sure.
In fact, he might not figure at all. But if numbers are low one coming Saturday there may just be a chance that supporters in Division Three West might yet catch another glance of Davies taking the ball on the pop and charging forward, as he used to in his hey-day. Twenty-nine, 49 – 50?
As the old adage goes, live your life and forget your age.
It’s long been a line Davies abides by.
> Wales’ John Davies takes on Gregor Townsend – now Scotland’s coach – in the 1996 Five Nations