ENGLAND RUGBY UNION TEAM. ENGLAND’S BEST FLY-HALF? BORN IN WALES.
England Rugby Union Team. One of England’s best ever Flyhalfs was in fact born in Wales. William John Abbott Davies, known as Dave. He was born in Pembroke, Wales, and originally played for Pembroke Dock Harlequins. Davies joined the Royal Navy and opted to represent England on the international stage.
Made his debut for England Rugby Union Team against the Springboks in 1913
Another Grand Slam for England Rugby Union Team in 1921
Congratulations on the 1923 Grand Slam from the King of England
An injury forced him to miss the opening match of the 1922 tournament. It was a loss to Wales. However, he returned to captain the side to three wins in their remaining matches. He then followed this up with another Grand Slam campaign in 1923. This was his last season as captain of England. The achievement of remaining unbeaten as captain was acknowledged by many at the time. Even the King feeling compelled to write via his Equerry:
“The King wishes me to let you know how delighted he was to hear of the victory of the English team in Paris and to congratulate you on being captain of the winning team in all your matches. His Majesty feels sure that you must have created a record by this fitting termination to your brilliant career in international football.”
Outstanding record and the inspiration behind our vintage shirt
Our England Rugby 1923 Shirt 1924 Grand Slam shirt was partly inspired by the outstanding team of 1923. This was the team led by William John Abbott Davies. Known as Dave Davies. The Ellis Rugby jersey features the famous Red Rose stitched in the colours used at the time. In addition, it includes a large patch applique. Also, gold embroidery 1923-1924 Grand Slam is included on the back of the neck. In addition, we’ve added a microchip under the decorative seam woven label. When scanned by a mobile phone it links with a video showing original footage and the story behind the shirt.