Sports Commentator & Personality
Flats has been on the corporate circuit for a number of years establishing himself as an accomplished event host and after dinner speaker. He is a favourite within the sport and corporate circuit as well as the media industry for his quick wit and comic timing.
Since making his debut on TV back in 2005 Flats has gained increasing respect as a studio guest, co-commentator, presenter and journalist. His natural talent for writing and simultaneous ability to produce a genuinely insightful piece of prose makes him one of a very small number of contemporary rugby players who make the usual ‘ghost writer’ redundant.
In September 2009 The Independent on Sunday signed him up to produce his first broadsheet article and in August 2011 he became Sport Magazine’s first and only Rugby Union columnist. David currently writes for the London Evening Standard during key rugby tournaments.
Since announcing his retirement from professional rugby in June 2012 due to a career-ending injury, Flats has established himself as a firm favourite in the corporate hospitality circuit, hosting and compering events with clients including Quilter, QBE, HSBC, Robert Walters, Accenture, Premiership Rugby and World Rugby.
His presence within the media industry has also increased; often seen on BT Sport as a studio guest or co-commentator for their Premiership and European Rugby coverage as well as co-presenting Channel 5’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby highlights show every week with Mark Durden-Smith.
In 2015 Flats was named in ITV’s Rugby World Cup team to co-commentate on their live matches while he has also been an integral part of their Six Nations and Women’s Rugby World Cup coverage. In 2019 Flats played an even bigger role in ITV’s Rugby World Cup coverage when he was named England reporter as well as co-commentator and pitch side presenter for their games which saw viewing figures reach almost 13 million.
Flats is one half of the successful ‘Flats & Shanks’ rugby podcast which has been running since September 2016. Such is its success that in 2018 the duo were announced as presenters of ITV’s first Six Nations podcast which debuted at number 1 in the iTunes Podcast chart the first week of its release. Since then they have gone on to present ITV’s Six Nations every year as well as 2019 ITV Rugby World Cup podcast.