Jonathan “Jiffy” Davies

 

Jonathan Davies OBE is a former Welsh rugby player who played in the 1980’s and 1990’s. A goal-kicking backline player, he played his club rugby in Wales, England, and Australia. Jiffy has since become a television commentator for both codes and media personality in both the Welsh and English languages.

In 1974, Jiffy played rugby union for the very first time at Cardiff Arms Park – he was chosen for the West Wales under 12s team. He then started his career at amateur level with Trimsaran RFC and after developing at the club, he then signed for Neath and played at fly-half. After 35 games, Jonathan was selected to play for Wales as they took on England. He scored a try and a drop-goal before being named Man of the Match in a Welsh victory.

In 1998, Davies played a part in the Triple Crown success for Wales and between 1985 and 1997, he won 37 rugby union caps.

Jonathan then decided to play rugby league professionally and joined Widnes. He played in the centre position and went on to play in Australia in the summer of 1991. After Widnes got into financial difficulties, in 1993 he transferred to their local rivals Warrington. During his time in rugby league he represented both Great Britain and Wales, scoring a solo try in Great Britain’s last victory over the Kangaroos at the old Wembley in 1994 where he sprinted 50 metres to score in the corner out-pacing Australian full-back, Brett Mullins.

Although he left the field with a dislocated shoulder during the second half, his efforts in both attack and defence (which on the day saw him pull off two try saving tackles) saw him named as man of the match. However the shoulder injury would keep him out of the rest of The Ashes series (eventually won 2-1 by Australia) as well as prevent him from playing for Wales in a friendly against the Kangaroos in Cardiff. With the Rugby Football League splitting the Great Britain team into individual nations (Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland) from 1995, the test at Wembley would be the last time Davies would represent Great Britain in rugby league.

He was also named player of the 1993-94 season, winning the RFL’s Man of Steel award.

Davies again played in Australia when he signed with the newly-formed North Queensland Cowboys in 1995 before heading back to the world of rugby union.

Since 2004, Jiffy has hosted his own rugby themed chatshow, Jonathan, on S4C, usually before Welsh international matches. In 2015, he was awarded the OBE for his charitable services to people with cancer through his role as President of Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre. He has raised the Centre’s profile as well as raising more than £10million.

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