On the 23rd July 2011, the handsome blonde rugby player, David Strettle turned 28 years old. He started his rugby career at a young age, playing for Lymm RFC while he was still at school, and he has not looked back since.
A talented sportsman, he grew up with a love for football as well as rugby, and even had try outs for Manchester City before settling on a career in rugby; a decision rugby fans are very grateful he made.
Born on 23rd July 1983, David was raised in Thelwall, Cheshire, and was a pupil at Lymm High School before continuing his education at Sheffield Hallam University. Once his education was complete, his attention became more focused on rugby and he joined the Rotherham Titans, scoring a hat trick in his debut match against Rugby Lions. During the 2004 – 2005 season David scored 18 tries from 22 appearances, making him Rotherham’s National One’s top try scorer that season.
In 2006 David moved from the Titans to the London based Harlequins, where he picked up the nickname “Ducks” after being compared to the now retired David Duckham. It was here his future potential was recognised and he found his name being mentioned in the same breath as the word “England.”
His big break came in the 2007 Six Nations when he was called up unexpectedly to play in the starting fifteen against Ireland, replacing Jason Robinson who was unable to play due to an injury. Although England lost the game 43-13, David gave a sterling performance, scoring England’s only try of the game.
2007 had real highlights for David, as he was named the Young Player of the Season, by the Professional Rugby Players Association and became part of the Sky Sports Dream Team in the Guinness Premiership season 2006-07.
However, the year also had its low points, none more so that missing out on the Rugby World Cup Tour of South Africa due to a bout of food poisoning. This event proved to have a huge impact on David, who the Mirror Sport website reports as saying “For me, missing out on the 2007 World Cup is a constant driving force”
The year 2007 ended for David with injury problems but he returned fit and well for the 2008 6 Nations Championship, though this return proved to be short lived due to David breaking a metatarsal during the game with Wales.
In 2010 David made another change of rugby kit again, joining St Albans based Saracens, winners of the 2011 Aviva Premiership. Here his successful rugby career is set to continue to go from strength to strength. What some of you may not know is that David, as a teenager, was a talented footballer and wore the football kits of Man City, Liverpool and Crewe Alexandra football clubs.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is David’s next big opportunity. Let’s see what chances England’s blonde bombshell of rugby is given and what he makes of them. Off the rugby pitch, a couple of months before his 28th birthday, David tweeted -“Kate Middleton’s sister……. FIT!!!!” Is he looking for an off the pitch opportunity with Pippa?