David Peter Ewers[2] (born 3 November 1990) is a Zimbabwean rugby union player in the Aviva Premiership for the Exeter Chiefs. He previously played for the Cornish Pirates in the Championship on a dual registration.[3] He is capable of playing both Flanker and Number 8. Ewers is known for his destructive ball carrying, and exceptional defensive capabilities.[citation needed]

Dave Ewers
Birth nameDavid Peter Ewers
Date of birth (1990-11-03) 3 November 1990 (age 31)
Place of birthHarare, Zimbabwe
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight125 kg (19 st 10 lb) [1]
SchoolIvybridge Community College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Current team Exeter Chiefs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Exeter Chiefs
Cornish Pirates

Early lifeEdit

Ewers attended Hillcrest Preparatory School in Mutare, before his family left Zimbabwe when he was 13, returning to his English grandparents in Ivybridge. His father was a teacher and working on a farm at the time.[4][5][6]

Ewers attended the AASE programme run by Ivybridge Community College in 2009 and 2010. Ewers was a member of the Ivybridge squad 1st XV which contended the AASE final of 2009 & 2010 and won the North of England 7s Tournament the same year.

Rugby playing careerEdit

Club levelEdit

Ewers was signed up by the Chiefs in 2010[7] and made his first start for Exeter in the British and Irish Cup against Newport.[8]

Before becoming a senior member of the Chiefs squad, Ewers was dual-registered and frequently played for Cornish Pirates.

International levelEdit

Ewers was selected for the England squad to face the Barbarians in the summer of 2014.[9] In February 2016 he was called up to England's 2016 Six Nations squad.[10]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Exeter Chiefs". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ "DAVE EWERS". ESPN.com. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Exeter youngsters head for Cornwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Rugby star recalls losing everything in Zim". 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ Broadbent, Rick. "England new boy Ewers finally settled after fleeing Mugabe regime".
  6. ^ "Dave Ewers follows David Pocock in beating pain of exile". 9 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Success Stories and Player Profiles". RFU.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Ewers hopes to make his first start for Exe in cup". Thisisexeter.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Mike Brown: Harlequins full-back one of 21 added by England". BBC Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Six Nations 2016: Manu Tuilagi in England squad for Wales game". BBC Sport. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

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