Profile - David Wilson

23 January 2012

Position: Prop

Honours: England

Date of birth: 9th Apr 1985

Height: 1.87m (6' 2")

Weight: 122kg (19st 3lb)

David Wilson was one of the highest rated young props around when he signed for Bath Rugby from his native Newcastle at the end of the 2008/09 season. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, becoming a mainstay member of the Bath scrum, and cementing his place in the England set-up, as evidenced by his recent call-up to the new look squad for this year's 6 Nations.

An extremely strong, athletic prop, David is very talented with ball in hand, is incredibly strong in the set piece, and has a great work ethic both during games and on the training field.

A quiet man off the pitch, we thought we'd catch up with the 26 year-old, to find out his thoughts on England, fatherhood, and scrums...

It's often said that props are born into their position so to speak, was this the case with you?
"Yeah, kind of. I started playing prop because I had the chance to play Durham County U16s a year young, and I then went on to play England School boys that year, so prop it was after that!"

There's a lot of talk at the moment about the scrum and the problems surrounding it – how do you see it, and how would you fix it?
"Well, we all want to see less resets, collapses and more ball in play – that's for certain! I agree with those who say it is difficult to referee - refs have way too much to look out for which is why they often get it wrong. Sometimes you have to watch both sides of the scrum in slow motion on video before you get the full story. Many people have talked about pre-engagement, as most scrums collapse or fail on the actual hit, and this would be one way to deal with some of the current issues but would surely open a set of other issues. I wouldn't be in favour of pre-engagement. Let's have an extra ref called the scrum ref, who is an ex-front row player. Surely Belly could do that once he retires?!"

You were recently re-selected for the England squad, in rather a new look squad – do all the new changes make you look forward to this year's Six Nations, and the future?
"Yeah I was delighted to remain in the squad. New coaches, new players and new opportunities are always exciting, I just hope I can continue to build on consistent performances to give myself the best chance of being involved with the international matchday squads.
"Stuart Lancaster has picked a squad that has huge potential, and the task for us is to come together and gel quickly, learning a new sets of plays and calls, and then delivering to the highest level. I find the international stage massively exciting, challenging and a step up from the Premiership. I'm sure the uncapped guys in the squad will meet the occasions with huge enthusiasm and pride."

Off the field, you recently became a father – how are you finding that? Getting much sleep?!
"Being a father has been great, and Charlene, my wife, has done a brilliant job. Personally I have found it hard work so far but it's massively rewarding - the best thing I've ever done really. It makes every second of your life worth living and definitely changes the way you think and your priorities in life."

You seem quite a quiet type off the pitch - what else can we finding you doing away from rugby?
"I don't really do a lot to be honest! I'm normally tired after working hard in training, so often just spend time with the front row boys, drinking coffee and talking scrums. The rest of my time is spent attempting DIY around the house, often with little success!"


Quickfire Q&A:

What is your matchday breakfast? Poached eggs on toast

Who would play you in a film of your life? I like Liam Neeson, but probably the guy who plays Tyrone in Snatch is more suited!

Which player did you most admire when you were younger? Marius Hurter from Newcastle Falcons – he did a good job there.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which team mate would you take with you and why? Someone like Biggsy to catch the chickens and climb the trees – he'd need some sunblock though!

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you bought? I'd buy my house.

Who would captain your rugby dream team? Someone who leads by example – we should have 15 leaders on the pitch.

Which song do you know all the words to? If I could be like that by 3 Doors Down

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Time Travel could be good...!

If you knew the world was about to end, what would you do? Spend any cash I had with my family like there were no tomorrow!

Which would you prefer to win, the Premiership or the Heineken Cup? Heineken Cup.

Who has been the toughest opposing prop you've come up against? Tom Smith – at 15 stone I still can't understand how he was so good!

Who did you look up to as a child? My dad – he taught me everything I know...shame I didn't listen more!

What would we find in Davey Wilson's Locker? Boring things – supplements, a Compex machine to activate muscles in my knee and a pelvis support belt.

What other position would you like to have played? At County U14 level I played 7 – I was lean and mobile, then I moved to prop and had to fit the mould!

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