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Davies: Better late than never
Jonathan Davies in action for Wales during the 1980s
Don't let your child give up on sport, they could well be late developers like Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies.

Unlike most rugby players these days, I don't have any schoolboy international honours or under-21 caps.

I was very much a late developer playing rugby.

I wasn't that big when I was growing up, so I was overlooked when it came to representing Wales at junior level.

But it all turned for me when I was 19 or 20 when I filled out and from there I went straight into playing senior rugby.

It's important to remember if your child has a sporting talent, it doesn't necessarily have to come out when they're young.

Competitive sport starts at a young age and some kids are often overlooked not because they haven't got the talent, more because they haven't "grown up" yet.

Jonathan Davies factfile
Date of birth:24 Oct 1962
Place of birth: Trimsaran
Position: Fly-half
Wales caps: 32
Wales points: 81
Wales tries: 5
Children: Scott, 16

It's important kids don't give in because coaches can't spot their potential when they're young, especially when all their friends are playing for school or club teams.

It was thanks to my father I got into rugby. He was absolutely fantastic - he supported me, drove me everywhere, made sure I looked tidy.

He wasn't pushy either, he didn't live out his missed sporting dreams through me. He just enjoyed coming along to see me play.

My mum didn't come along to many games - she didn't like to see me get hurt!

But she was always enthusiastic whenever I came home from a game.

Unfortunately my father passed away when I was young, but he would have been proud with everything I achieved in the game.

My son Scott is starting to make an impression in rugby. He's a back row forward and I try to watch him play whenever I can at weekends.

I'll pass on the odd handy hint if I can, but generally I'll let him make the decisions.


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