Has the bite for to play on at 50

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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

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