WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 3 - Dominic Day
August 16 2017
Globe-trotting Dominic Day is the latest recruit to join Saracens and will bolster the second row. Dominic is now 31 but still in the prime of his life. He was born in Haverfordwest in August 1985 and grew up in Lamphey. At school he was interested in Athletics and threw the discus for Welsh Schools. When he took up rugby he started as a number 8 before moving to lock. His talent was noticed by his PE teacher who recommended him to Pembroke Rugby Club and he joined them on leaving school. He was also invited to join Scarlets Academy.
Dominic won a place and Cardiff University to study Sports Science. Not surprisingly he represented the University at Rugby and came to the notice of Llanelli RFC in 2006, making his debut in January off the bench in defeat to Pontypool.
He was invited to represent Scarlets in their pre-season friendly against Northampton Saints but he had to wait until the following season to play for Scarlets in the Pro 12 in defeat against Dragons. Sadly it wasn’t an auspicious start – he was substituted at half time and didn’t play again until the following January in defeat to Wasps in the Heineken Cup.
By the following season he was a fixture in the Scarlets’ side, alongside 20 year old Jonathan Davies, and scored his first 2 tries for the region. He played for Scarlets in defeat against Saracens in 2011 but picked up a shoulder injury which kept him out of the game for several months.
The introduction of the salary cap in 2012 was the catalyst for a move to Bath. Dominic was dual qualified (his grandparents are from Hereford) and possibly hoped to catch Stuart Lancaster’s eye if he was playing in England but it wasn’t to be. He represented Bath 110 times (including being on the bench in the Aviva Final defeat against Saracens in 2015). In the end it was Wales who called on his services when at the age of 29 he was called in to the Welsh World Cup Squad and won the first of 3 International Caps.
The following season he decided to leave England for Japanese side Toyota Verblitz. (Verblitz = “green lightning”). He played for them for one season when they finished 8th in the Japanese Top League. His main problem in Japan was finding a house with high enough ceilings to accommodate his 198cm frame!
He moved on to Australia for the summer, playing for Super Rugby team Melbourne Rebels. Following in the footsteps of Gareth Delve, he became the 2nd Welsh player to ply his trade down under. He lasted less than a minute in his first game due to injury. It wasn’t a great season for the Australian Club – Rebels finishing bottom of Super Rugby with 1 win and 1 draw. They were hotly tipped to lose their status but it appears that it will be Western Force who depart from the slimmed down competition.
Dominic was “ecstatic” to be returning to England to play for Saracens. "I'm very much looking forward to joining Saracens next season "They've set the standard across Europe in recent years and when you look at the playing talent already at the club, along with the coaching set up, it's a very exciting prospect to be a part of. The Aviva Premiership is a great competition and I know I'm joining a very motivated and ambitious club which is very important to me.”
Mark McCall said "He is precisely the kind of big, dominant lock forward we have been seeking to bolster our squad, and off the field, he is exactly the type of character who we believe will thrive in our culture."
Dominic Day and his girlfriend Nadia Forde become the second celebrity couple to join the club this season (after Liam Williams and Sophie Harries). The couple were introduced by mutual friend Peter Stringer. Irish model-turned-actress and singer Nadia appeared in “I’m a Celebrity” and “Celebrity Masterchef”. She is hotly tipped to complete a celebrity hat trick this year by becoming a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.pqs: qs:
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Surely after nearly 200 views someone has spotted that is Ross Moriarty!
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~ You never knowingly let the facts get in the way of the story. ~
Ahem. Well, this is awkward.
Had you been more specific at the time it might have helped! Not all of us are experts on the welsh
PA Images, who supply our photos, have this picture labelled as "Wales' Dominic Day", however when I input Ross Moriarty, the same photo comes up labelled "Ross Moriarty"!
PA Images are free to the site so I guess you get what you (don't) pay for
Like Coughie, those Taffs all look the same to me!
Picture now changed to DD himself - unfortunately in Bath kit but some things can not be avoided
I hasten to add that I had nothing to with the conception, obviously! I am 180 cm, and Deryn was only about 161
Excellent research, DG, BTW.
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