After spending his younger days on the wing, Max Davies readily admits to creeping slowly towards the pack. He spent a couple of years at centre before switching to No.8 and lock, his current position. A member of Newcastle Falcons Senior Academy, he took a BTEC in Sports Science at Sedbergh in Cumbria. He was born in St Helens and attended Mount Carmel Prep School in Aughton, Lancashire before attending St Mary’s College, Crosby, Liverpool.
Max was first involved in rugby league when five and played his initial game at centre for Thatto Heath Crusaders a year later and stayed there until he was 12 before moving to the 15-a-side game. He then switched to No. 8 when joining Firwood Waterloo. Next up, he played for Sale Sharks and stayed there until two years ago.
He captained Sedbergh at age group level, together with the Lancashire U15 and U16 teams and represented the North U16 side, the England Saxons U16 team and also England at U17 level. He was the first-team vice-captain at Sedbergh in 2015/16, has won five caps at England U20 and made his first start in the 74-17 win over Samoa in this year’s World Championship.
His mentors include Nigel Simm, a coach at St Helens Academy and Thatto Heath Crusaders. Max said: “He taught me a lot over eight years while Stuart Oliver, the forwards coach at Sedbergh and head coach Simon Mulholland put in a lot of time and hard work and I owe thanks to Peter Walton for his straight talking.”
Max’s most memorable match was when Sedbergh beat Wellington 37-34 at Broadstreet in 2015. He said: “We were massive underdogs but beat the number one team in the country.” The player he looks up to is Richie McCaw and Sedbergh’s home pitch Busk 1 is his favourite ground. He added: “It can’t be beaten at schools level when ‘the firm’ is in full voice.” As for his favourite pastimes, they’re DJing, motorbikes, fishing, eating and sleeping.
2017 It(R), S World Championship – Sam, W(R), SA(R)
2016 F, W(R)
Last updated: 19 June 2017