He made his Scotland debut off the bench in the Autumn Test in August 2011 - becoming his country’s 1023 international player - and was named RBS Man of the Match in his first experience of the 6 Nations Championship, the Calcutta Cup loss at BT Murrayfield in February 2012.

Zimbabwe-born David Kipling Denton is eligible for Scotland through his mother, Joy, who was born in Glasgow.

He made his Scotland debut off the bench in the Autumn Test in August 2011 - becoming his country’s 1023 international player - and was named RBS Man of the Match in his first experience of the 6 Nations Championship, the Calcutta Cup loss at BT Murrayfield in February 2012.

The performance promoted his arguement for regular starting Test place in the tournament, which he retained in all five Tests in that year's championship.

Injury disrupted Denton's attempts to recapture the form that earned him his starting spots, named onthe bench in the majority of 2014 games, before returning to his best in 2015, starting nine Test matches that year, four of which came in the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Injuries, again, disrupted Denton's 2016, making three appearances that year, including two 6 Nations tests.

Fit again Denton returned to the Scotland squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, coming off the bench to face France, England, Ireland and Italy.

Through the ranks

Denton attended Kingswood College in South Africa before moving to Scotland and studying Economics at Edinburgh University.

He has played rugby for Eastern Province in South Africa and was selected for the 2010 Scotland under-20 6 Nations squad and started in every match.

Denton earned a professional contract for Edinburgh Rugby in the early summer of 2010 before starting all of IRB Junior World Championship matches in Argentina (though shifted from his regular back-row position to lock for the final two matches).

Denton played at the outset of the 2010/11 season in Premier 1/A before making his Scotland A debut as a replacement in the 25-0 win over USA Eagles in November 2010.

He was then selected for the 2010/11 Scotland 7s squad for the opening Dubai and George tournaments (another international first for the promising youngster) - where he helped Scotland lift the Bowl in the 2010/11 Emirates Airline South Africa 7s - and later on the HSBC 7s World Series in Las Vegas.

Date of birth: 5 February 1990

Height: 1.96m

Scotland Debut: August 2011

Place of birth: Marondera, Zimbabwe

Weight: 114.3kg

Career

Leicester Tigers
Leicester
2018 to present

Worcester Warriors
Worcester
2017 to 2018

Bath Rugby
Bath
2015-2017

Edinburgh Rugby
Edinburgh
2010 to 2015

Stats

42

Caps

28

Starts

14

Replacements

0

Points

0

Tries

0

Conversion

0

Penalty Goals

0

Drop Goals

Appearances

2018

France (replacement), England (replacement), Ireland (replacement), Italy (replacement), Canada, USA (replacement), Argentina

2018

2016

England, Wales, Japan (replacement), France (replacement)

2016

2015

England, Ireland, Ireland, Italy, France, Japan (replacement), South Africa, Samoa, USA

2015

2014

Ireland, England, Italy (replacement), France, Wales, Argentina (replacement)

2014

2013

England (replacement), Italy (replacement), Ireland (replacement), South Africa (replacement), Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA

2013

2012

England, Wales, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Tonga

2012

2011

Ireland (replacement)

2011

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