NOLA Gold Rugby found the pot of gold when they signed Ross Davies for the remainder of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 35-year-old tighthead prop is 6’1″ and 265 lbs. His season with the Dallas Reds just concluded and his stint in New Orleans is just beginning.
Ross was born in Trinant, a village in South Wales near Newbridge, Caerphilly. He attended Oakdale Comprehensive School and then BTEC Sport at Cwmcarn High School. He played age grade rugby for Newbridge RFC and achieved international honors for Wales in 2002 with the U18s, the U19s in 2003 in the Six Nations and the World Cup. In 2005 he played with the Grand Slam winning U21s in 2005. His international honors continued in 2011 with his selection for the Barbarians.
Ross played in the Welsh Premiership for Neath RFC in the 2007-2008 season with the team winning the championship. In 2008-2009, he played with the Sale Sharks in the English Premiership and was loaned to the Worcester Warriors in April-May, 2009. He then signed with the Rabo PRO12 Ospreys for 2009-2010.
Between 2010-2012 he played for Ampthill Rugby Club in Bedfordshire in the U.K. In 2012-2013 he played with the Rotherham Titans and then from 2013-2016, the Doncaster Knights in the English Championship. In 2016 he moved back to Wales to play with RGC 1404 and helped the Gogs making the Premiership Tier 1 playoffs. He scored a try in beating ‘Cup Kings’ Pontypridd 15-11.
Ross then joined former Wales and British Lions prop and current Dallas Reds Head Coach, Darren Morris in Texas. His season with the Dallas Reds just concluded and he will look to contribute for NOLA Gold with the season-ending injury to their tighthead prop Ben Tarr.