|Weight||104kg (16st 5lb)|
|Caps||Test: 8 Saxons: 9|
The ongoing success of London Irish since 2008/9 owes much to David Paice, who made 17 Guinness Premiership appearances along the way to the Twickenham final that year. He won his first Test caps off the bench for Lee Mears in New Zealand in 2008 after being a try-scorer for England Saxons in the 31-13 win over Ireland A at Welford Road, Leicester a few months earlier.
His Saxons debut was against the USA in the 2007 Barclays Churchill Cup but he twice missed the opportunity to add to his caps at that level when a rearranged Premiership match ruled him out of the Portugal match in January 2009. The last-minute cancellation of the Ireland A game at Donnybrook the following month because of frost deprived him of another appearance.
David, who was born in Darwin, Australia, signed for the London Irish Academy in July 2003 and was part of the U19 team that won the National Cup at the end of his first season. He had played initially for Souths U14 in Brisbane and went on to represent Queensland Schools and U19. Educated at Brisbane State High School, he opted to become available for England after also being eligible for Scotland, where his mother was born, and Australia.
His success story with Irish includes helping the side to reach the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2008 when they lost 21-15 to Toulouse at Twickenham. He also played off the bench in the 2006 European Challenge Cup final against Gloucester, who won 36-34 after extra time at Twickenham Stoop.
A member of the England Senior National Academy back in 2006-07, he was among four uncapped forwards in the original England party for the 2008 New Zealand tour that became a memorable one for him. He toured Argentina with England last June, played in both Test matches and had made 138 Premiership appearances for Irish and scored 11 tries by early January this year. His ninth and most recent Saxons cap was in the starting side for the 37-6 win over Canada at Sixways in the Churchill Cup final in June 2011.
10 points -2T
2007 Churchill Cup – USA, S, NZ Maori 2008 I, It 2010 I 2011 Churchill Cup – USA(R), T, C
2008 NZ (1R, 2R), 2012 Fj (R), A(R), SA(R), NZ(R) 2013 Arg (1R, 2R)
Last updated: January 22, 2014