SIMON DAVIES TO LEAVE THE DROVERS

Simon Davies as Llandovery coach and (right) in his playing days with Cardiff for whom he played 41 times

AMMANFORD BOY SIMON DAVIES TO LEAVE THE DROVERS

Rugby writer Huw S Thomas caught up with Llandovery’s backs coach Simon Davies shortly after Euros Evans’s assistant announced his departure from Church Bank at the end of the season

Davies takes reluctant leave of Llandovery at the season’s end because of increasingly demanding work commitments in his role of headmaster of Ysgol Bryn Tawe in Swansea.

After leaving Ysgol Dyffryn Aman  Davies turned out for his home town Ammanford before  successful stints with Cardiff, Newport and Treorchy, as well as representing Crawshay’s Welsh and Carmarthenshire.

He played centre, full back, wing and fly half for Cardiff once scoring a brace of tries from fly half in Cardiff’s Easter Saturday 75-33 win over the Barbarians on the Arms Park.

After retirement from the game, he went on to coaching and became Wales U16 coach where he had many famous players of the future under his tutelage – George North,  Rhys Ruddock, Scott Williams, Owen Watkins, Adam Beard, Aled Davies, Hallam Amos and  Jarrod Evans to name just a small handful.

After nine whole years with the age group – 2006-2015 – during which time he had Euros Evans help with the coaching of the forwards, he joined up with Evans again at Premiership Llandovery in 2015.

In his five year coaching stint at the club the Drovers won the Welsh Cup and and from 2016-2017 onwards finished seventh, second, second, fourth and fourth respectively in an ever competitive Premiership.

The one time Wales U16 head coach took time off to go over his five year stint as assistant to Euros Evans and pays a warm tribute to the Tywi valley club, fellow coaches and club personnel

HUW S: Well Simon. It’s sad news for all at Church Bank but everyone understands that the role of leading a Welsh medium secondary school of close on 1000 pupils is  – and will –  demand a lot of your time and especially so during the coronavirus crisis

SIMON: It was a very difficult decision but I think the right one but it does not take anything away from a really great time at the club

HUW S: Let’s start with the past season so cruelly cut short by the virus, what are your thoughts on the way things went?

SIMON: I haven’t felt we’ve played to our potential this year – the delayed start, and weather disruptions as well as the wet conditions may have played a part in this as well as us struggling to manage the conditions as well as we previously had.

However, we had started to build some momentum with a few good recent wins and were looking forward to playing in drier conditions on faster tracks.

Recent wins against Quins, Merthyr and Swansea had built some confidence which would have stood us in good stead for the run in.

 HUW S: What thoughts and memories will you leave behind?

SIMON: Five years ago to Easter, I was very excited by the prospect of having an opportunity to coach in the Premiership having met with Euros {Evans}. I can honestly say that I have been very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with, in my opinion, the best club in the Premiership.

It has genuinely been an absolute pleasure due to the people that are involved with the club, both on and off the field.

I have felt a genuine welcome, or better still, ‘croeso cynnes’ to the club from both the loyal supporters and the board, who treat you the same when we win or lose, which is a special trait!

All great clubs need great leadership who are totally inclusive of all, and this is certainly what I have seen during my time at Llandovery. The support from the board and the committee has been hugely appreciated.

 HUW S: What do you think made Llandovery that bit special for you?

SIMON: On the field, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with some very good players over the five years, but more importantly, some very good people who have contributed to building an excellent team spirit and a strong affinity with the cub.

It is great to see how the players enjoy being at the club and to see the strong bond built between the players and the supporters is special.

The coaching group is special with an excellent blend of knowledge, professionalism and a strong work ethic.

I am very grateful to Euros for the opportunity and have thoroughly enjoyed working with both Euros again and  my old Ammanford friend Gareth {Potter}, both of whom are talented coaches with a deep understanding of the game!

The whole management group are extremely professional and hardworking and again are very good people, with Cants {Team Manager Andrew Jones }being a vital part to the group’s success.

HUW S: What were the highlights in your time at Church Bank?

SIMON: There have been many highlights from many performances, such as the home win against Ebbw Vale during my first season, when we scored 50 points in the second half with some quite exhilarating rugby.

And the win last season on TV against Pontypridd was also a stand out performance.

Winning the Premiership 7’s for four consecutive years was very rewarding, with some great sevens players in the squad. That was a momentous feat for a small club

The Welsh Cup run in my first season will always be the personal highlight with a great win against Ebbw Vale away and some very smart rugby against Pontypridd  in the semi with the grit to finish the game in style.

The Cup final win over the Quins in the Millennium Stadium naturally stands out and was a great day, shared with some brilliant people both on and off the field – what a night and day after!

 HUW S: The club will miss you

SIMON: Having made the very difficult decision earlier this year to step down, I would like to thank all on the board, the management, the supporters, but particularly the players and the coaches for a brilliant experience over the last five years.

To the club, thank you for the privilege of becoming a Drover and I would like to wish all involved with the club my sincere best wishes and hope all stay safe at this challenging time. Ymlaen y Porthmyn!

 

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— Huw S ThomasRugby World Schools Editor4 Maes y ColegLlandoveryCarmsSA20 0HS 01550 72002807866 553920

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Rugby writer Huw S Thomas caught up with Llandovery’s backs coach Simon Davies shortly after Euros Evans’s assistant announced his departure from Church Bank at the end of the season

Davies takes reluctant leave of Llandovery at the season’s end because of increasingly demanding work commitments in his role of headmaster of Ysgol Bryn Tawe in Swansea.

After leaving Ysgol Dyffryn Aman  Davies turned out for his home town Ammanford before  successful stints with Cardiff, Newport and Treorchy, as well as representing Crawshay’s Welsh and Carmarthenshire.

He played centre, full back, wing and fly half for Cardiff once scoring a brace of tries from fly half in Cardiff’s Easter Saturday 75-33 win over the Barbarians on the Arms Park.

After retirement from the game, he went on to coaching and became Wales U16 coach where he had many famous players of the future under his tutelage – George North,  Rhys Ruddock, Scott Williams, Owen Watkins, Adam Beard, Aled Davies, Hallam Amos and  Jarrod Evans to name just a small handful.

After nine whole years with the age group – 2006-2015 – during which time he had Euros Evans help with the coaching of the forwards, he joined up with Evans again at Premiership Llandovery in 2015.

In his five year coaching stint at the club the Drovers won the Welsh Cup and and from 2016-2017 onwards finished seventh, second, second, fourth and fourth respectively in an ever competitive Premiership.

The one time Wales U16 head coach took time off to go over his five year stint as assistant to Euros Evans and pays a warm tribute to the Tywi valley club, fellow coaches and club personnel

HUW S: Well Simon. It’s sad news for all at Church Bank but everyone understands that the role of leading a Welsh medium secondary school of close on 1000 pupils is  – and will –  demand a lot of your time and especially so during the coronavirus crisis

SIMON: It was a very difficult decision but I think the right one but it does not take anything away from a really great time at the club

HUW S: Let’s start with the past season so cruelly cut short by the virus, what are your thoughts on the way things went?

SIMON: I haven’t felt we’ve played to our potential this year – the delayed start, and weather disruptions as well as the wet conditions may have played a part in this as well as us struggling to manage the conditions as well as we previously had.

However, we had started to build some momentum with a few good recent wins and were looking forward to playing in drier conditions on faster tracks.

Recent wins against Quins, Merthyr and Swansea had built some confidence which would have stood us in good stead for the run in.

 HUW S: What thoughts and memories will you leave behind?

SIMON: Five years ago to Easter, I was very excited by the prospect of having an opportunity to coach in the Premiership having met with Euros {Evans}. I can honestly say that I have been very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with, in my opinion, the best club in the Premiership.

It has genuinely been an absolute pleasure due to the people that are involved with the club, both on and off the field.

I have felt a genuine welcome, or better still, ‘croeso cynnes’ to the club from both the loyal supporters and the board, who treat you the same when we win or lose, which is a special trait!

All great clubs need great leadership who are totally inclusive of all, and this is certainly what I have seen during my time at Llandovery. The support from the board and the committee has been hugely appreciated.

 HUW S: What do you think made Llandovery that bit special for you?

SIMON: On the field, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with some very good players over the five years, but more importantly, some very good people who have contributed to building an excellent team spirit and a strong affinity with the cub.

It is great to see how the players enjoy being at the club and to see the strong bond built between the players and the supporters is special.

The coaching group is special with an excellent blend of knowledge, professionalism and a strong work ethic.

I am very grateful to Euros for the opportunity and have thoroughly enjoyed working with both Euros again and  my old Ammanford friend Gareth {Potter}, both of whom are talented coaches with a deep understanding of the game!

The whole management group are extremely professional and hardworking and again are very good people, with Cants {Team Manager Andrew Jones }being a vital part to the group’s success.

HUW S: What were the highlights in your time at Church Bank?

SIMON: There have been many highlights from many performances, such as the home win against Ebbw Vale during my first season, when we scored 50 points in the second half with some quite exhilarating rugby.

And the win last season on TV against Pontypridd was also a stand out performance.

Winning the Premiership 7’s for four consecutive years was very rewarding, with some great sevens players in the squad. That was a momentous feat for a small club

The Welsh Cup run in my first season will always be the personal highlight with a great win against Ebbw Vale away and some very smart rugby against Pontypridd  in the semi with the grit to finish the game in style.

The Cup final win over the Quins in the Millennium Stadium naturally stands out and was a great day, shared with some brilliant people both on and off the field – what a night and day after!

 HUW S: The club will miss you

SIMON: Having made the very difficult decision earlier this year to step down, I would like to thank all on the board, the management, the supporters, but particularly the players and the coaches for a brilliant experience over the last five years.

To the club, thank you for the privilege of becoming a Drover and I would like to wish all involved with the club my sincere best wishes and hope all stay safe at this challenging time. Ymlaen y Porthmyn!

 

 

— Huw S ThomasRugby World Schools Editor4 Maes y ColegLlandoveryCarmsSA20 0HS 01550 72002807866 553920

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TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19