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 40)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 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 Apps (points)
West Hartlepool
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (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 and played 45 games during his two seasons at the club,[3] before moving to Bath Rugby in 2000.[4] Before retiring from the sport, due to injury, in 2011, he had played 266 first team games for Bath Rugby and a career total of over 200 Premiership games.

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 teammate Duncan Bell.[9] Barnes is the chairman of The Professional Rugby Players' Association.

Barnes also represented the Barbarians FC on 4 occasions with his last appearance being in the 29 - 23 victory over Ireland on 4 June 2010.[10] On retirement he joined the committee of the famous club and currently still holds this position.

Charity Work[edit]

Throughout and after his Rugby Union career, Barnes has taken on various challenges that he has used to raise money for specific charitable causes.

In 2008 he was part of a 4-man team completing the Greene King IPA Challenge trek of Kilimanjaro. This challenge raised several £000's for the PRA Benevolent Fund (now Restart)and Cancer Research UK.[11]

In 2011, Barnes was one of the primary organizers for the AXA Wealth Kilimanjaro Challenge[12] that saw 42 people climb Kilimanjaro and raise over £225,000 for charities, including Help for Heroes, Restart and the RFU Injured Players Foundation. This challenge was covered by the TV program, Total Rugby and shown in three parts,Total Rugby - Kilimanjaro Pt1. As part of this climb, Barnes encouraged Andy Blyth, an ex-teammate at Newcastle Falcons, who had suffered a serious spinal injury playing for Sale Rugby Club,in 2000 to join the trip. In total 39 of the 42 people reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, including Blyth.

Having transformed himself from an 18 stone Prop into a long distance runner, he has completed numerous Marathons and Ultra Marathon events. 2014 saw Barnes take on the "toughest race on earth" the 29th Marathon Des Sables. As part of a 3-man team, including injured soldier Martin Hewitt - British Forces News- he successfully completed the 7 day, 150 mile, Ultra Marathon across the Sahara Desert. Once again he used this experience to raise money for charity and supported Help for Heroes, Restart and the Bath Rugby Foundation. His efforts were covered by Total Rugby in Catch up with David Barnes.

December 2014, saw Barnes take on a new challenge to support the military charity, Walking with the Wounded. Accompanied by Stuart Doughty, whom he had also run the 2014 MDS with, he supported the fundraising campaign, Walking home for Christmas, by running non-stop from London to Bath, a distance of over 100 Miles.[13]


  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. 
  10. ^ http://www.skysports.com/rugbyunion/match_report/0,,11069_40444_1,00.html
  11. ^ http://www.premiershiprugby.com/news/16365.php#.VKv4GOSJlo4
  12. ^ http://www.axa.co.uk/newsroom/media-releases/2011/star-players-scrum-down-for-the-axa-wealth-kilimanjaro-challenge-2011/
  13. ^ bathchronicle.co.uk/Bath-rugby-player-city-businessman-run-walk/story-25747137-detail/story.html

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