|Weight||122kg (19st 2lb)|
Achievements, as well as injuries, have punctuated a successful career for David Wilson, who joined Bath Rugby 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 and a repeat win over the Wallabies at Twickenham last November.
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 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 61 times in the competition for Bath by mid-March this year. It brought his aggregate to 116 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 international status against Argentina in 2009.
David also played in the second Test against the Pumas at Salta that year and started against them on the same ground during England’s summer tour of South America in June 2013. His scrummaging power contributed to victories in the two Test matches and he made his first Twickenham start in three years against Argentina last November and also began the games against Ireland, Wales and Italy in February and March this year in the absence of the injured Dan Cole.
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), Arg (1,2), A(R), Arg, NZ(R) 2014 I, W, It
Last updated: March 21, 2014