David Palavi is a former hooker for the ACT Brumbies and a member of their 2004 Premiership side. Educated at St Kevin's College in Melbourne, David was a formidable school-boy player who represented both Australia. and Victoria. Known for being one of the first Victorians to play Rugby professionally in the modern era, David was recruited to his home cities inaugural Melbourne Storm squad before leaving to pursue his career in Canberra.
The Brumbies hooker was forced to retire early due to a neck injury.. The then 27-year-old sustained the injury when a scrum collapsed in the Brumbies’ trial match against the Waratahs on January 20th 2007. The then CEO Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan says Palavi’s absence was a loss to the side. “It’s always unfortunate when a player is forced to end his career on the advice of medical staff,” he said. “David’s been a great contributor to Brumbies Rugby – not only through his career with the Brumbies but also through the work he’s done in coaching junior rugby sides in Canberra".
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- "Brumbies hooker Palavi retires". The Sydney Morning Herald. February 10, 2007.
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