Chris Davies (Four Pint ) 2010 to ???
Chris Davies try - October 2012
|Chris Davies charge - September 2012||Chris Davies 100 Cap, with fellow 100th'er Dan Parkinson - 2013/14|
|Chris Davies charges - v Wharfedale November 2015 - His 151st game!
Chris Davies Man of the Match - v Wharfedale November 2015
Chris Davies played his 150th Richmond 1st XV league match against Ampthill on November 21st 2015. Only six other players in the history of the club have achieved this amount and none have done it in such quick time. Since Chris joined in September 2010 Richmond has played 161 1st XV league matches and one play-off game. To have played in 150 of those games is a tremendous achievement.
Chris started playing rugby at the age of 9 at Wilmslow RFC, Cheshire. He continued through the mini and juniors and in his final year of school played a whole season in the adult Wilmslow RFC 1st XV back-row. He also played rugby at Altringham Grammar School. Chris was also capped for both the England U16 and U18 AER teams. In the summer before taking up a place at Keble College, Oxford he trained and played for Macclesfield 1st XV in National Two North.
At Oxford University, in 2007, Chris was invited into the Blues pre-season squad before he had even started his studies. Being young and obviously keen to impress he announced one night to the group he had the ability to drink four pints himself more quickly than four individuals could drink 4 pints. This of course was challenged. He failed miserably and from that day has quite correctly been known as ‘4-pint’. This has morphed into ‘quatro’ and ‘quarto-pinto’ but you get the point. Chris of course now denies he said anything of the sort-he is lying!
At Oxford very few 18 year olds get anywhere near the Blues pack yet Chris was selected to go on the Blues pre-season tour to America with Joe Roff as the Oxford Captain. His boyish good looks and slightly posh northern accent seem to go down well, especially in New York. Chris played in the 2007 2nd team (Greyhounds) Varsity Match scoring a hat-trick of tries from a total of 10 metres. The following two years saw him play in the Varsity Match itself. In 2008 his Captain and fellow back-row forward was former Richmond player Peter Clarke (the nice one).
Chris graduated from Oxford with a degree in Economics and Management and took up a role with the Bank of America in the City.
He immediately joined Richmond, adding to a larger than usual list of Dark Blues in the Richmond squad. Despite being a quality number 8 Chris has on numerous occasions been required to play lock for the Richmond 1st XV. He has never been at all precious about this which says a huge amount about him and his love of the club. Last season Chris’ ability was further recognised when he was selected to play for England Counties against Scotland.
Chris is one of the driving forces behind the upcoming Richmond tour to Cape Town in May 2016. Like all former and current number 8’s Chris loves a tour. As someone who prides himself on managing his time he thought it a great idea when Richmond were on tour in Florence last May to arrange, after the last night of tour, a business meeting the following morning in Milan at 10am. Chris was seen passed out in the local nightclub at 3am on the final night. However at 8am, five hours later, was spotted on the platform at Florence station in his suit not looking very well. Somehow he managed to get to Milan late and convince his employers this was all to do with train trouble!
This season Chris is having to deal with a different dynamic. For the last five years each time he has been late-which is too often- he has blamed his good friend and flatmate Will Browne. This season he has moved in with long term and long suffering girlfriend Jo. He insists he is now much more domesticated-however he still has punctuality issues which obviously have nothing to do with Brownie.
At 27 years old Chris is in his prime as a rugby player. Henry Head currently holds the record of appearances for the Richmond 1st XV with 189 appearances over a total of nine seasons.
We sincerely hope that ‘4-pint’ gains more appearances and plays for more years than HHH as this would be simply ‘outstanding’ for Richmond FC.