|Weight||118kg (18st 8lb)|
A successful tour with England to Argentina this year prompted David Attwood’s return to the England Senior EPS squad in August. He started both Test matches against the Pumas and bridged a three-year gap since his previous two caps won when he was a Gloucester player for two seasons.
David joined Bath Rugby for 2011-12, having previously switched from Bristol to Gloucester. He became a mainstay of the Cherry & Whites’ pack and played 32 times in the Aviva Premiership for Gloucester. His consistency, aerial skills and driving power brought him on to the England Saxons radar and selection for the senior tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2010.
David’s appearances against the Barbarians that May, two against Australia Barbarians and another against New Zealand Maori prefaced his first cap off the bench for Tom Palmer against New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2010.
He represented England U19 in the 2006 Junior World Cup, scoring a try in the semi-final, and figured in the U20 Six Nations campaign the following year.
Bristol-born David is a product of Ridings School and Bristol University, where he obtained a degree in Physics and Philosophy but his rugby emergence was through the Bristol Academy. He played for Dings Crusaders where he came under the benign influence of coach and former Bristol full back Phil Cue and made the first of his 88 Premiership appearances, up to the start of the 2013 QBE Internationals, against Sale Sharks in September 2007.
Paul Hull, the Bristol head coach said at the time: “David has been there or thereabouts for a couple of years and I am pleased he was selected on merit, not through an injury.”
An England discus thrower in his mid-teens, he chose rugby above athletics and when signing for Gloucester, he was expected to compete there against internationals Alex Brown, Will James and the Marco Bortolami and did that in style.
2010 NZ(R), Sam(R) 2013 Arg (1,2), A(R)
Last updated: November 4, 2013