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Man of steel dons a cap and gown in Swansea
Image of Jonathan Davies on stage receiving his Honorary Fellowship with Swansea Met Vice-Chancellor Professor David Warner (left) and Chair of the Board of Governors at Swansea Met, Dr Gerald Lewis.
Jonathan Davies was presented with a stained glass map of south west Wales made 'in-house' by the Welsh School of Architectural Glass

Welsh rugby great Jonathan Davies may have been wearing something rooted in medieval times, but it still had a touch of scarlet about it.

The Trimsaran man was accepting an honorary fellowship from Swansea Metropolitan University.

Mr Davies said: "I thought that my days of receiving awards were well gone.

"To have recognition from the academic world that in my own way I have made a contribution to society matters a great deal to me."

He was joined by Welsh international scrum-half Andy Williams, who was graduating from Swansea Met with a degree in sports management.

They are individuals who have not only done themselves proud but who bring a sense of pride to the region.
Professor David Warner

Swansea Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Warner said: "We bestow honorary fellowships upon individuals from, or who have a connection to, Wales and, in particular, south west Wales and, or have excelled themselves in their chosen profession, whether in sport, the arts, entertainment, politics, industry or academia.

"They are individuals who have not only done themselves proud but who bring a sense of pride to the region."

Triple Crown

Jonathan Davies spent his early career at Neath and then Llanelli RFC.

His first cap as fly-half for Wales came in a memorable victory against England, where he scored a try and drop goal.

He went on to win more caps for Wales, helping to secure a third place finish in the 1987 Rugby World Cup and a Triple Crown success in the 1988 Five Nations Championship.

In 1988 he changed codes to play rugby league as a professional for Widnes.

And in 1993-1994, he won the RFL's Man of Steel Award and during his league career represented Great Britain and Wales on the international stage.

He returned to Wales in 1995 and joined Cardiff RFC while pulling on the Welsh jersey once again.

He was awarded an MBE for services to the sport in 1996.

Since his retirement, he has worked as a commentator on both English and Welsh language programmes.




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