David Upton, Rugby Academy Ireland


David Upton

David is a very driven individual with a great commitment towards training whether in the gym or on the pitch. Having played Belgium u18 and u20 he has a good future to become a full International player. He took charge of his own pathway by joining Rugby Academy Ireland to challenge himself and to play at a higher level than in Belgium. David has good self-awareness complimented by his game understanding.

Nationality: Irish / British
Born: 12 March 2000
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 91.3 kg
Position: Hooker
25 Rue Elie, Legrève, Limal, Wavre 1300, Belgium
+32 493 386 323

Rugby Experience

  • 2018-2019: UBRFC (University of Bath Ruby) Development squad
  • Registered BUCS Athlete
  • 2019-2020 RAI Naas senior squad AIL, International Belgium u20

Elite Athlete Status

  • 2017-2018: The Belgian Francophone Rugby Federation (LBFR)  awarded me
  • Elite Athlete Status – (statut d’espoir sportif)

Club Level

  • 2013-14: joined Brussels Celtics RFC U15 • promotion from Div.4 to Div. 3
  • 2014-15: BBRFC Celtics U16
  • Notable games : 7s game vs AVS Gauteng (SA) and XV game vs The Hague (Man of the Match)
  • 2015-16: moved to Royal Kituro RFC (Brussels) U16 • In starting line-up and no losses all season (one draw vs Boitsfort RC)
  • May 2016: In Kituro starting Line-up for Belgian National U16 Championship (won): Tighthead Prop
  • Other notable games: win vs touring side, Victorian Schools U16, Australia (December 2016)
  • 2016-17: Royal Kituro RFC U18s – Selected to attend the Kituro Rugby Academy (Hakademie – four times a week after school) from September 2017 to January 2018
  • May 2017: In Kituro starting Line-up for Belgian National U18 Championship (won): Loosehead Prop
  • 2017-18: Royal Kituro RFC U18s • Top of Q (Qualification) 1 (September-December 2017), in starting line-up and currently competing in Belgium’s national U18 Division 1.
  • Other notable games: January 2018 – Friendly vs Holland U18s

Regional Level

  • 2014-15: Selected for the Belgian Flemish-Speaking Region U16s (VRB Vlaamse Rugby Bond)
  • Notable games : Tournoi International de Quimper, France (4th place)
  • 2015-16: Selected for the Belgian French-Speaking Region’s U16s (LBFR – Ligue Belge Francophone de Rugby)

National Level

  • 2016-17: Selected for the Belgian National Rugby Team U17 XV (FBRB – Fédération de Rugby Belge)
  • Awarded Captaincy of the Belgian U17 XV • won international match against Switzerland. Position:  Hooker
  • Regularly attended POPE (pôle performance) training sessions for the Belgian
  • Men’s VII team every Wednesday afternoon.
  • 2017-18: Selected for the Belgian National Team U18 XV (FBRB): Hooker.
  • 2017-2018 season: Awarded Captaincy of the Belgian U18 XV (Sep 2018-March 2019)
  • Notable games: International win against Romania in Amsterdam (February 2018 – Hooker)
  • Part of the Belgian XV in the 2018 U18 Men’s XV Rugby Europe Championships held in Poznan, Poland from 23/03 to 01/04 2018

Rugby Camps

  • Hagetmau France with RFC Royal Kituro – 2016
  • Aubenas, France with the Belgian national team – October 2017
  • Lyon, France with the Belgian national team – February 2018
  • 1 month coaching Rugby in Argentina with Sporting Opportunities


  • September 2018 to May 2019 – Bath University, UK. Social Sciences.
  • September 2011 to July 2018: European School Brussels 4, Drève Sainte-Anne 86, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
  • Passed European Baccalaureate in July 2018. Overall average 8.079 /10 (equivalent to AAA at A level).  Please see attachment for subject breakdown.


  • Setanta College  L5 Personal Training REPS, L6 Certificate in Functional Screening and Resistance Training QQI
  • Certificate in Speed Development Level 3
  • SAQ Movement for Speed Certificate
  • SAQ Speed and Agility Certificate
  • SAQ Pre-Season Conditioning Certificate
  • Premier Sports College/SAQ Certificate in Functional Screening
  • SAFE Rugby course
  • Affiliated Referees Course IRFU
  • Stage 2 Coaching Course IRFU