David Denton (rugby union)

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David Denton
Full name David Kipling Denton
Date of birth (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Marondera, Zimbabwe
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 119 kg (18 st 10 lb)
School Kingswood College, South Africa
University Edinburgh University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Loose Forward
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bath Rugby
79 (40)
correct as of 6 September 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Scotland u20
correct as of 13 February 2016.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2010 Scotland

David Denton (born 5 February 1990) is a Zimbabwean-born, Scottish rugby union player who plays for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. He plays in the back row, starting 8 for Scotland, but can be played in the second row.


David Denton was born in Zimbabwe, and qualifies for Scotland as his mother was born in Glasgow. He attended Kingswood College in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, before making several appearances for Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth.

Club career

He moved to Edinburgh to study economics at the University of Edinburgh. While at university he played for Edinburgh Academicals. Although he struggled to begin with, playing in the 3rd XV for much of his first season, he advanced into the Accies' 2nd team, "TWAYS", under the tutelage of Malcolm McVie. He was brought into the Scotland under-20s set-up before playing for the Scottish National Academy. He was then awarded a professional contract at Edinburgh for the 2010–11 season.

His performances in his debut season lead him to being selected for Scotland's extended World Cup squad in the build-up to the showpiece. As well as his defensive capabilities, Denton is known to be an effective ball carrier due to his strength and agility (particularly for a man of his size — 1.96m and 110 kg).

In December 2013, Denton ended speculation about his future (which had seen him linked with a move to the Aviva Premiership) by signing a contract extension which will see him remain at Murrayfield until 2016.[1]

On 10 November 2015, Denton signed for English club Bath Rugby who compete in the Aviva Premiership from the 2015–16 season.[2]

International career

Denton made his debut for Scotland, coming on off the bench in the 10–6 win over Ireland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in August 2011. However, he was not named in the final squad for the tournament. He also appeared in all of Scotland's under-20 side's games in 2010, five games in the 6 Nations under-20s and in the IRB Junior World Championship.

He has appeared for the Scottish Sevens team in 2010 in the Dubai and George events.

Denton won the "man of the match" award, despite being on the losing side in Scotland's 6–13 defeat to England in the opening game of the 6 Nations on 4 February 2012.

Denton was "Man of the Match" in the 6 Nations match against France on 8 March 2014 despite being on the losing side.


  1. "BBC Sport - Edinburgh flanker David Denton signs new two-year deal". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2014-03-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Bath sign Edinburgh's Scotland forward David Denton". BBC Sport. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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