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Dave Attwood

Dave Attwood
Full name David Attwood
Date of birth (1987-04-05) 5 April 1987
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)[1]
School The Ridings High School
University University of Bristol
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Youth clubs
Dings Crusaders
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–2009
2009–2011
2011–
Bristol Rugby
Gloucester
Bath Rugby
15
47
22
(0)
(15)
(20)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2010–
2010–
England U20
England Saxons
England
5
2
11
(0)
(0)
(0)

Dave Attwood (born 5 April 1987 in Bristol, England) is a rugby union player who plays at Lock for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.

Early career

He was a member of the Bristol First Team squad for two years and spent two years previous to that in the Academy. His rugby heroes include Alex Brown, Will Greenwood and coach and personal friend Phil Cue, his coach at Bristol Minis and Juniors and Dings Crusaders (now Head coach of North Bristol RFC). He attended The Ridings High School and graduated from Bristol University where he studied joint Honours Physics and Philosophy. He was England under 16 discus champion[2] and still enjoys throwing today although he often complains that "he never finds the time."

Club career

He played for Bristol Rugby in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as well as the European Challenge Cup in the 2008–9 season.

The 2008–09 season saw him feature more regularly in the Bristol first team squad before joining Gloucester in the summer of 2009.[3] In February 2011, it was announced that he had agreed a two-year deal with Bath Rugby, starting at the beginning of the 2011–12 season

International career

Attwood represented England under 19's in the 2006 Junior world cup and scored against New Zealand in the semi final.[4] He continued in the England set up to play for the England under 20 team the following year.[5] He was called into the England Saxons squad to face Italy A on 9 February 2008,[6] he did not play in the match.[7]

He made his debut for the England Saxons against Ireland Wolfhounds in January 2010.[8]

After an excellent first season with Gloucester, Attwood was called up into the full England team for the 2010 Summer tour to Australia. There he played two games with the second-string squad against the Australian Barbarians, where he was cited at the end of the first game for stomping – citing that was dismissed on technicalities before being reviewed.[9] Attwood made his senior England debut as a replacement for Tom Palmer in the game against New Zealand on 7 November 2010. He made his third appearance against Argentina on 8 June 2013. His comeback resulted in a 32–3 victory for England.

References

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Bath Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dave Attwood takes practical approach to catching the eye of Martin Johnson". Times OnLine. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Attwood signs for Gloucester Gloucester Rugby – 18 June 2009
  4. ^ "England Under 19s beaten in World semis". RFU. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wales U20 21–21 England U20". BBC. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "England Saxons training squad for Italy A". RFU. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Italy A 15–38 England Saxons". BBC. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "'"Saxons edge out Ireland 'A. ESPN Scrum. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Attwood cleared on a technicality". PlanetRugby. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

External links

  • Bath Rugby Profile
  • Gloucester Rugby Profile
  • Bristol profile
  • England profile
  • What to do now – how a fresh start might look for England
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