|Weight||106kg (16st 9lb)|
Stepping into the boots of the injured Andrew Sheridan offers no fears for the experienced David Barnes, who doubles up as chairman of the Professional Rugby Players Association (PRA) that was renamed in October as the Rugby Players Association.
His vast practical knowledge of the top level club game was supplemented by his tour captaincy of England Saxons for the 2006 Barclay’s Churchill Cup in North America.
Immediately before that, he was a try-scorer off the bench when England beat the Barbarians 46-19 at Twickenham. In that game, he extended his club propping partnership with Duncan Bell, a fellow member of the England Elite Player Squad for the 2009 Investec Challenge Series.
David had joined Bath in 2000 from Harlequins, where he had understudied Jason Leonard, England’s most capped player. He was educated at Sedbergh and Durham University and appeared initially for West Hartlepool, Newcastle Falcons and Kendal before launching his Bath career and completing a century of appearances in the 2004-05 Powergen Cup quarter final against Sale Sharks. David has since topped 200 matches and won the European Challenge Cup with his club last year.
Off the field, he was initially elected to the role of chairman of the PRA in November 2005 and was appointed as on one of Bath Rugby’s five player representatives for the 2009-10 season. He has also become a member of the Rugby Football Union’s Image of the Game Task Group.
In the summer of 2008, he climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise money for the PRA Benevolent Fund and for the Tamara Johnson Trust Fund.