Former county player Wixon proud of his Devon ties

31 Aug 2017 09:21 | Sara Raine

DAVID WIXON has been proudly wearing his Devon RFU players’ tie for nearly 60 years.

The former Royal Navy captain represented the county in 1959 at a time when he played for Devonport Services and RNEC.

The 80-year-old described playing for the county as one of the highlights of his life.

But after nearly six decades his representative tie was, in his words, ‘beginning to look a little tired’. So he contacted Devon RFU asking if he could purchase a new one.

Devon officials were so taken by his story that they visited him to present him with a current version.

“I’m very proud to have been awarded a Devon cap, one of the highlights of my life,” said the former second-row forward.

As well as playing for Devon, Wixon’s other major highlight of his rugby career was representing the Royal Navy.

His first cap for the Navy actually came against Devon.

Interestingly, the Devon RFU senior players’ tie has hardly changed at all over the years.

Wixon admitted his original tie had done him ‘pretty proud service over the past 50 years or more.”

He is pictured (top) receiving a new tie from former Devon RFU president and current match secretary Maureen Jackson. The old and the new tie are also pictured.