David Flatman

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David Flatman
Full name David Luke Flatman
Date of birth (1980-01-21) 21 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Ashford, Kent, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)[1]
School Maidstone Grammar School
Dulwich College
Maplesden Noakes
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Bath
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998 ‐ 03
2003 ‐ 12

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000 - 2002 England 8 (0)

David Luke Flatman or 'Flats' (born on 21 January 1980 in Maidstone) is an English pundit and former rugby player. He was a prop for Bath and the England national rugby union team.

He started playing rugby union at the age of eight at his local club, Maidstone, inspired by his father, who was a prop. A product of Dulwich College, he appeared in the same England Schools (18-group) squad as Steve Borthwick, Andrew Sheridan (also of Dulwich College), Alex Sanderson, Mike Tindall and Jonny Wilkinson.

Flatman toured Australia with England Schools in 1997 and the following year went to Argentina with England Colts. He represented London & South-West and England Under-21s against South Africa in the autumn of 1998.

His senior club rugby began with Saracens in 1998 and he won his first full caps as a replacement in the Tests against South Africa on the summer tour in 2000, when he also appeared in the matches against North-West Leopards and Gauteng Falcons.

He made a second tour with the England side to North America in the summer of 2001, appearing as a replacement for Graham Rowntree in the Burnaby and San Francisco Tests against Canada and the United States respectively. He had a wealth of A team experience having been a regular in the side since making his debut against France in Blagnac in 2000. He had a sequence of seven England A team games before being recalled to the senior squad for the final test of the 2000–1 season against France at Twickenham.

He moved to Bath in 2003, where he proved himself to be one of the finest front row forwards in English rugby union with his sterling performances in a revamped Bath pack.

Flatman announced his retirement from rugby in June 2012. In all he won eight England Caps [1]

Following the end of his playing career, he was Head of Communications at Bath Rugby for two years; he left this role in 2014.[2]

Media career[edit]

Flatman now works as a pundit for Channel 5, ITV & BT Sport often alongside Mark Durden-Smith and Austin Healey. Flats is a massive fan of the band Deftones. Flats presents a humorous and informative rugby podcast with his former Saracens teammate Tom Shanklin, called Flats and Shanks. Flats struggles to contain how jealous he is that Shanks has considerably more international caps than him and was selected on the Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Bath Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Beck, Neil (23 June 2014). "David Flatman leaves role as Bath Rugby communications director". Bath Chronicle. Local World. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

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