16/03/2012 05:50 GMT | Updated 16/03/2012 08:53 GMT

Mervyn Davies, Ex-Wales Captain, Dies Aged 65 (GALLERY)

Former Wales captain Mervyn Davies has died after losing his battle with cancer.

The 65-year-old passed away on Thursday, with Wales playing for the Six Nations Grand Slam this weekend against France.

He won 38 caps for his country and led them to the 1976 Five Nations Grand Slam victory. Davies was also a member of two victorious British and Irish Lions tours in 1971 and 1974.

From his 46 appearances for the Welsh and Lions, he was on the losing side just nine times.

Wales legend Gareth Thomas paid tribute on Twitter:

Nicknamed 'Merv the Swerve', Davies was instantly recognisable for his thick moustache and white headband.

However his career ended prematurely in 1976 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage whilst playing for Swansea against Pontypool in the Welsh Cup semi-final.

Mervyn Davies gallery:

'Merv The Swerv' Passes Away