Born and raised in Western Sydney, Dave Dennis is one of the most respected figured in NSW rugby history.
Dennis was picked for the Australian schools side in 2004, the beginning of a long and decorated representative career. The lock/backrower made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2007 and was a mainstay of the team for the better part of a decade beyond that. HIs form in Super Rugby earned him a Test debut in June 2012, with Dennis featuring against Scotland and going on to play 18 Tests over 18 months. He most recently played for the Wallabies against Wales in Cardiff in 2013.
Dennis was appointed Waratahs captain in 2013 but poor fortune struck in the 2014 season with the much-loved NSW figure suffering a season-ending knee injury. That setback meant Dennis had to watch on as the Waratahs collected their first, and only to this point, Super Rugby championship. After 107 games for the Waratahs, Dennis moved to the UK at the end of the 2016 season.
The forward found success in England, playing for the Chiefs in the Premiership. Exeter won the competition in his first season with the club and featured heavily in the European and English tournaments during his four seasons with the Premiership powerhouse.
Dennis proved an inspiring signing to captain the Giltinis in their debut season. He set standards both as a durable, high-performing forward and as a fine leader of men. Standards start at the top and Dennis will be integral in 2022.