|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
Achievements, as well as injuries, have punctuated a successful career for David Wilson, who joined Bath Rugby on a two-year contract, starting in 2009-10, from Newcastle Falcons. He made his RWC debut against Romania in Dunedin in September 2011.
His initial Test caps against Argentina in June 2009 had followed his selection in the starting line up against the Barbarians at Twickenham. He went on to share in England’s 21-20 triumph over Australia in Sydney in June 2010.
Other landmarks were helping England U21 to a Grand Slam on his debut in 2006 and also playing in the IRB World Championship in France despite having broken his jaw and missed most of the campaign at club level. Along with Mike Brown, of Harlequins, and Leicester’s Jordan Crane, he was among only three players to take part in all ten U21 matches that season.
He had represented England U16 and U18 but an anterior cruciate knee injury sustained on U19 World Cup duty prompted his absence for much of the 2004-05 season. He embarked on a long rehabilitation programme that included returning to Westoe, where he started playing for the U21 team but another frustrating injury ruled him out of the U21 World Championship in Argentina.
David, from South Shields, also withdrew for similar reasons from the 2007 Barclays Churchill Cup squad but finally made his first Saxons’ appearance off the bench in the 31-13 win over Ireland A at Leicester five years ago.
Educated at Harton School and East Durham and Houghall Community College, he made his Falcons’ debut in October 2003. David went on to make 55 Premiership appearances for the club before playing 46 times in the competition for Bath by mid March this year, bringing his aggregate to 101 games, with tries against London Wasps, Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks along the way.
He first experienced the international scene when enlisted as injury cover leading to the second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch in June 2008 but was not included in the match day squad. He was added to England’s training party for the RBS 6 Nations Championship game against France in March 2009 before his rise to full Test status.
2009 Arg (1,2R), A, NZ(R) 2010 W, It(R), I(R), S(R), F(R), A(1,2), NZ(R), A(R), Sam, SA(R) 2011 W(R), It(R), W(R) World Cup - R (R) 2012 Fj(R), SA(R), NZ(R) 2013 S(R), I(R), It(R), W(R)
Last updated: March 18, 2013