Zimbabwe-born David Kipling Denton qualifies for Scotland through his mother, Joy, who was born in Glasgow. He was named RBS Man of the Match in his first experience of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, the Calcutta Cup loss at Murrayfield in February 2012. He attended Kingswood College in West Cape, South Africa before going to Edinburgh University to study economics.
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. He has also participated in provincial and national water polo and provincial swimming.
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 2010-2011 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.
He made his Scotland debut off the bench in the EMC Test in August 2011, becoming his country’s 1023 international player.