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Bristol graduate’s debut against All Blacks

Dave Atwood (BSc 2008) with Bob Reeves, former Director Sport, Exercise and Health

Dave Atwood (BSc 2008) with Bob Reeves, former Director Sport, Exercise and Health

19 November 2010

Gloucester rugby player Dave Attwood (BSc 2008) received his first England cap when he came on as a replacement to meet the All Blacks at Twickenham on 6 November.

Dave said: ‘It was a great experience getting my cap against the All Blacks and even though we lost we showed great improvement. Personally I would like to thank all those who helped me get to where I am today, in particular to the University for helping me to achieve my joint goal of obtaining a great degree and continuing to play rugby at the highest level.’

Simon Hinks, Acting Director, Sport, Exercise and Health, said: ‘It has been a bumper year for sporting success at Bristol. To see Dave come off the bench and play as well as he did has really reinforced to me that we need to ensure we can further support the high-achieving sportsmen and women who choose to study at Bristol.’

Receiving a VC scholarship to study at Bristol allowed Dave to study and play rugby without the need of a part-time job. Since graduating he played as a senior professional with Bristol Rugby Club before moving to Gloucester Rugby Club last summer. He has also been capped twice by the England Saxons this year.

In April this year he became the Bristol’s youngest alum to give a Pioneer gift to the University. He directed his gift towards a rugby specific scholarship to help attract talented rugby players to join the University. He has also committed to support the University's Rugby Coaching programme by donating a percentage of his England match fees back to the University Rugby Club.

For further information and to find out how you can support sport at Bristol please contact the Campaigns and Alumni Relations team.