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.
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.