Devs - Double Dragon, Double Lion

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‘Devs was big, explosive, fit and full of enthusiasm. You could see he could become something special.’
Derek Quinnell

‘John is right up there when it comes to Welsh players making a mark on the Rugby World Cup’
Tony Gray

It’s not easy to make the transition from union to league but Devs did it, and more.
Jonathan Davies

‘John was, without a doubt, one of the finest players to ever wear the Widnes jersey.’
Jim Mills

‘He was a player you didn’t just play to, you also played off him.’
Sir Ian McGeechan

Foreword by Jonathan Davies

1. ‘Is There a John Devereux Here?’
2. Garw Valley Boy
3. The Welsh Rugby Academy
4. Debut
5. The Brawl to End Them All
6. Accidents Will Happen
7. The Inaugural Rugby World Cup
8. The Talk of Wales
9. Lion
10. Going North
11. Making Waves with Widnes
12. Wales RL
13. RL World Cup Final Ends in Tears
14. Implosion at Widnes
15. Meninga and Manly
16. Wales and Samoa Go to War
17. The Toughest Fight of My Life
18. Back to Rugby Union
19. Sharks, Warriors and Ravens
20. The Green Green Grass of Home
21. 2000 RL World Cup
22. Rugby Retirement In Agony


Career Statistics and Honours

John Devereux burst into rugby’s big-time as a 19-year-old student when he terrorised a Cardiff team packed with Lions and Wales stars for his South Glam Institute side in a Welsh Cup tie.

Devs' powerful piston-pump hand-off saw him nicknamed the 'Dalek' and two months later, in January 1986, he was making his Wales debut against England. He was one of the stars of the 1987 union World Cup as Wales finished third, the nation’s highest ever position in the tournament, and appeared for the British and Irish Lions before being lured to rugby league by a big-money offer exceeding £350,000.

Devereux was a huge hit for Widnes, playing 225 games and scoring 125 tries, and Manly Sea Eagles in Australia, and became a dual-code international -  scoring six tries in eight games for Great Britain, and three tries in 12 games for Wales RL. He was also the last Wales union international to appear in a RL World Cup final when he lined up for Great Britain against Australia at Wembley in 1992.

Held in the highest regard by former teammates and opponents alike, John Devereux is revered by followers of rugby league and rugby union and, in his official biography, Devs, tells the fascinating story of his life in rugby.

Andy Howell was a student at South Glamorgan Institute with John Devereux in the 1980s before becoming a journalist with the South Wales Argus and then the rugby correspondent for the Western Mail for over 20 years.

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