David Barnes (rugby union)

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David Barnes
Full name David Michael Barnes
Date of birth (1976-07-12) 12 July 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)
School Sedbergh School
University Durham University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Stoneygate FC
Kendal RUFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
West Hartlepool
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997– England Saxons

David Michael Barnes (born 12 July 1976 in Leicester) is a rugby union prop for Bath Rugby in the Guinness Premiership.

Barnes was educated at Nevill Holt, Sedbergh School and Durham University. Whilst at Durham, he competed for Kendal RUFC.[1] His performances then led to him playing for West Hartlepool R.F.C., during the 1996–97 season, when they were in the top tier.[1]

He subsequently played for the Newcastle Falcons when they won the 1997–98 Premiership.[1] It was during 1997 that Barnes was first involved with England A.[2]

Barnes then joined Harlequin F.C., where he understudied Jason Leonard but was unable to gain a long term contract,[3] and thus joined Bath Rugby in 2000.[4]

In 2006, Barnes featured in an England XV side against the Barbarians.[5] He then captained England Saxons at the 2006 Churchill Cup.[6]

Barnes played in the final of the 2007-08 European Challenge Cup, as Bath defeated the Worcester Warriors.[7]

Barnes, who is uncapped, was called up to Martin Johnson's squad for the 2009 Autumn Internationals.[8] Barnes withdrew from the squad due to an injury inflicted upon him by team-mate Duncan Bell.[9] Barnes is the chairman of The Professional Rugby Players' Association.


  1. ^ a b c "Interview with David Barnes". Rugby Network. 12 June 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "PRA Q&A David Barnes". Sky Sports. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Barnes: The shop steward revelling in long hours at coalface". London: The Independent. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bath sign young prop from Quins". ESPN Scrum. 25 May 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "England 46–19 Barbarians". BBC. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "David Barnes to lead England Saxons Churchill Cup defence". RFU. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bath secure Challenge Cup glory". BBC. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Injury-hit England make changes". BBC. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Hands, David (12 November 2009). "Martin Johnson revises plans with changes down England's spine". London: The Times. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 

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