David Flatman

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David Flatman
Full name David Luke Flatman
Date of birth (1980-01-21) 21 January 1980 (age 36)
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
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998 ‐ 03
2003 ‐ 12

National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000 - 2002 England 8 (0)

David Luke Flatman or 'Flats' (born on 21 January 1980 in Maidstone) is a 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 FC, 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.

He would surely have added to his eight caps on England's summer tour of New Zealand and Australia had injury not blighted his efforts.

Flatman announced his retirement from rugby on 15 June 2012. [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 ITV & BT Sport alongside Mark Durden-Smith and Austin Healy.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Bath Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. 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. 

He was educated at Maidstone Grammar School, Maplesden Noakes and Dulwich College.

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