Former England centre Davies dies aged 89

  • Davies won 11 Test caps
  • Went on 1955 Lions tour

Former England and Harlequins centre Phil Davies passed away last month aged 89.

Davies won the first of his 11 Test caps against Scotland in 1953, a game England won 26-8, and two years later, went on the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

He featured in three of the four Tests against the Springboks, forming a midfield partnership with fellow England international Jeff Butterfield, a combination that at the time was considered one of the best in world rugby.

He taught Chemistry and Biology at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex, before becoming Headmaster of Cheltenham College Junior School.

And was an avid member and supporter of Cheltenham RFC, a club he went on to play for close to his fifties, and one he was president of for 15 years.

He is survived by daughter, Judy, and son, Simon.