Both boys were part of the Crawshay’s Welsh U18s XV that made light of the bog-like conditions at Llandovery College as they helped their team to their first win over Llandovery College since 2010. The Crawshay’s side scored a try in each half, through Rory Hammond and Christ College’s Alex Davies, with both tries being converted by Callum Jones and Joe Scrivens respectively.
A feature of the Crawshay’s performance was their fierce tackling, with Christ College’s Jacob Lewis working non-stop in defence. The terrific performance of the whole of the Crawshay’s back row, which included Lewis, was one of the features of the match.
Llandovery College had many chances to get back into the game but they just could not find a way of breaking down the Crawshay’s defence. The game was put out of Llandovery College’s reach in the last action of the game when Christ College’s skipper, centre Alex Davies, capped a fine display with the killer try.
Christ College’s Alex, caught the eye of the Crawshay’s selectors when he led the Christ College 1st XV to a famous 6-5 win over Crawshay’s back in November, and Jacob’s selection capped a fine season in the Christ College 1st XV for this combative No 8.
Alex and Jacob follow a long line of Christ College rugby players who have been invited to play for the Crawshay’s Welsh U18s, a club with a long and distinguished history.
In 1922 Captain Geoffrey Crawshay was invited by the Engineer Commander of Devonport Services to bring a team of Welsh rugby union players to play Devonport Services RFC and this was the start of one of the most famous amateur teams in the United Kingdom. They are mainly a touring team who play fast entertaining rugby and it is regarded as an honour to be invited to play for such a prestigious team.
At senior level, their teams are usually a mix of seasoned internationals, experienced regional and club players, and promising youngsters. Many Wales rugby legends have played for them, including JPR Williams, Phil Bennett and Jonathan Davies.Crawshay’s Welsh XV play all over the rugby playing world and the U18 team also travels extensively, playing fixtures against Monmouth School, Christ College and Llandovery College, as well as fixtures against the Independent Schools RFC Lambs and Penarth RFC Youth. They also compete in international 7s and 15-aside tournaments.
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