An Evening with Tom David

Welsh Rugby Legend “Tom the Bomb” David was the guest of honour on Wednesday 24th February 2021 in the run up to the much-anticipated Wales vs. England match. Tom is a living legend who played both Rugby Union and Rugby League for Wales and was involved in arguably two of the most iconic games in Welsh rugby history. He toured South Africa with the unbeaten 1974 British Lions side, scoring 5 tries and he also played 19 times for the Barbarians.

 

In 1973 Tom was part of the Llanelli side which defeated the All Blacks 9 – 3 at Stradey Park – and according to the Max Boyce song, the day the pubs in Llanelli ran dry. Tom was not originally selected for the Barbarian side which played the All Blacks at the National Stadium but ended up playing when Mervyn Davies was taken ill on the morning of the game. Not content with beating the All Blacks once, Tommy was at it again as one of two uncapped players in the Barbarians line-up at the Arms Park. He was caught tapping the great New Zealand wing Grant Batty on the head after tackling him (early!!) and also played a key part in that, “Dramatic Start” and the greatest try of all time. It went Phil Bennett, JPR Williams, John Pullin, John Dawes, Tommy, Derek Quinnell and finally Gareth Edwards.

 

Tom went on to win the Grand Slam with Wales in 1976, before switching codes in 1981, playing rugby league for Cardiff City Blue Dragons and Wales.

 

It was an enthralling evening hosted by W Bro Adrian Thomas and attended by over 70 people from West Wales and beyond. Adrian interviewed Tom about his career who gave an interesting and amusing insight regarding the legends of the game who he played and toured with and against. By the end of the evening those present felt that they had almost been there, because such a vivid picture of the golden era of Welsh Rugby had been painted by Tom with the help of Adrian.

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