David John Wilson
Birth nameDavid John Wilson
Date of birth (1967-01-04) 4 January 1967 (age 57)
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union footballer, after dinner speaker
Rugby union career
Position(s) Openside flanker
Correct as of 7 August 2006
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Queensland Reds ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992-2000 Australia 79 (65)
Correct as of 7 August 2006

David John Wilson (born 4 January 1967) is a former Australian rugby union footballer who played on the openside flank 79 times, and who captained the Wallabies 9 times.

Through his career he won every international trophy available to an Australian test player (Bledisloe Cup series wins in 1992, 94, 98, 99 & 2000 including the 1999 win as Captain), a world cup in 1999 & finally a Tri Nations series win in 2000.

Early life

Wilson was born in Brisbane, Australia where he attended Brisbane State High School. He first came to prominence in 1985 when he was selected in the 1985 all conquering Australian Schoolboys team as Vice Captain.


Wilson made his grade debut for Easts Tigers (Brisbane) in 1987. After making his debut for Queensland in 1989, David was selected later the same year to tour with the Wallabies to Canada and France but it was not until 1992 when he made his debut with the Wallaby side in the home test against Scotland and was a regular starter in the national side from then on, when fit.

David was a vital part of what many consider to be the best Wallaby side of all time throughout those 1998,1999 & 2000 seasons where the team won everything on offer.

The 1999 World Cup win was followed up by Australia's first ever tri nations series win in 2000, following which he retired from test rugby. David moved to the UK to play for NEC Harlequins in the Zurich Premiership. A serious knee injury in the 2001 European Shield Final (Harlequins won the game 42–33 in extra time) ended Wilson's playing career at the age of 35 and he was forced to retire from the game.