#3. mervin Davies (Wales)
The late Wales and British Lions number 8 Thomas ‘Mervyn’ Davies is the only player on this list from the pre-World Cup era. He won a Triple Crown in his first international season in 1968 before winning a Grand Slam and being selected for the Lions’ famous tour of New Zealand in 1971. He then captained Wales to the Championship of the Five Nations in 1975 before winning the Grand Slam the next. year, but was forced to retire at the age of 29 due to injury. Davies sadly lost a long battle with cancer on March 16, 2012 – just a day before Wales headed into a potential Grand Slam against France.
Did you know? He was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2001 and the following year a poll of Welsh rugby fans saw him voted the greatest Welsh captain of all time and the greatest No.8 Welshman of all times.
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