Former Wales wing Gerald Davies appointed Pro12 chairman

Gerald Davies
Gerald Davies scored 20 tries for Wales between 1966 and 1978

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions wing Gerald Davies has been appointed chairman of the Pro12.

The 69-year-old, who won 46 caps for Wales and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 1968 and 1971, succeeds former Scotland full-back Andy Irvine.

"It is an honour," said Davies, a former Wales Rugby Union board member.

It was the WRU's turn to nominate the next chairman of the Pro12, which is made up of professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Pro12 teams
Ireland: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster
Italy: Treviso, Zebre
Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow
Wales: Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys, Scarlets

Davies, who was also team manager on British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009, represented Llanelli, Cambridge University, London Welsh, Cardiff and the Barbarians during a glittering playing career.

Pro12 chief executive John Feehan said: "It is a privilege to have Gerald Davies as our chairman. His understanding of rugby is exceptional.

"Gerald embodies the rugby ethos and tradition while at the same time having extensive experience in the governance of our sport."