John Devereux

John Devereux

John Devereux
John Devereux


John Devereux Born 1966 in Pontycymmer

Made his debut for Wales in 1986 against England at Twickenham, at the age of 19, while still a second year student at University.
Going on to win 21 Caps for Wales in rugby union.

John represented Wales in the Inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup in Nz & Aust. Scoring tries against Canada, England and the mighty All Blacks in the semi-final. Voted European Player of the Tournament.

Played for the British Lions in 1986 v The Rest of the World at Cardiff.

In 1989 he toured Australia with the British& Irish Lions and despite losing the first test, the Lions went on to win the series 2-1.

In August 1989 on returning from the Lions Tour John switched codes and joined Widnes RL club, staying with the club until 1997.

In the summer of 1993 He also played in Sydney Australia for the Manley Sea Eagles in the NRL Winfield Cup Competetion.

He also represented Wales 11 Caps & Great Britan RL 8 Caps, playing for GB in the narrow defeat to Austrailia in the 1992 World Cup Final at Wembly.

He was also man of the series for GB in the 3-0 1994 test series victory over NZ.

He enjoyed 3 seasons with the Sale Sharks  (from 1996 to 1999),  at the start of professionalism in RU.

He then returned to Bridgend in 1999 and had 3 great seasons back at his old club, and then Maesteg for 3 seasons where he retired at the age of 40.

In a part time role John works with BBC Wales as a rugby pundit, alongside his full time job in the Orthopaedics with Zimmer.