David Andrew Dennis
- 854Wallaby Number
A Nepean junior and Australian schoolboy, Dave Dennis never game up on his Wallaby ambitions despite a run of injuries that threatened to end his professional career before it had even started.
In 2007, as a 21-year-old, he made his Super 14 debut for the NSW Waratahs against the Crusaders but was then struck down by back-to-back anterior cruciate ligament injuries, both of which required knee reconstruction surgery.
He bounced back in 2009 and was given the tag as “bolter” when announced as one of seven uncapped players in the Wallabies’ end-of-season Spring Tour. However, it was not until 2012, and a shoulder injury to Ben McCalman, that Dennis finally claimed a Test debut, against Scotland in Newcastle.
He went on to be one of only two players to feature in all 15 Tests played that year. Dennis won three more caps in 2013 before he suffered yet another anterior cruciate injury during the Waratahs’ run to the 2014 Super Rugby title.
In 2016, Dennis became just the 11th Waratah to play 100 games for his state before he signed with English Premiership club Exeter Chiefs for three years.
Selected in the Australian Schools’ squad for the Tests against Tongan Schools, Fijian Schools and New Zealand Schools.
Selected in the Australian squad for the second-annual IRB U19s World Championship tournament in South Africa.
Dennis won his first Test cap as a starting blindside flanker in the 6-9 loss to Scotland at Newcastle. He was then picked in each of the season’s remaining 14 internationals across the Welsh tour, the Rugby Championship, the Bledisloe Cup and the end-of-season Spring Tour.
Dennis added three caps to his Test tally, when he came off the bench in the 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test and then against Italy and Wales on the season ending Spring Tour.