Prop David Barnes, who joined Bath from Harlequins in 2000, is one of the most respected figures in English rugby. He is an uncompromising competitor on the field and chairman of the Professional Rugby Players’ Association.
A hard-working and dedicated professional, Barnes played in every match for Bath during the 2006-07 season and has proved his tag as a durable front-rower by making more than 200 appearances for the club.
He was tour captain for England Saxons at the Churchill Cup in 2006 and has a wide range of interests away from rugby, including scuba diving.
During the summer of 2009 he was appointed one of Bath’s five player representatives for the 2009-10 season and also took his place on the Rugby Football Union’s Image of the Game Task Group.
The 2010/11 season will be Barnes' testimonial year.
We met up with David at the Bath ground and then took a tour of the new Bath team headquarters at Farleigh manor.