- Inducted in 2014
David’s rugby career started at Anderson CVI and then Sinclair High School in Whitby. With the support of his parents, the Whitby native moved west to Victoria in 2000. It was a move that would eventually take him to the top of the international rugby sevens world.
After 5 years on the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit, David announced his retirement in 2007. At the time of his retirement David was Canada’s top try scorer of all time. First capped in 2003 at a tournament in Brisbane, David earned a total of 38 caps during his service for the Canada Sevens team. He amassed an incredible 107 tries for Canada and even though now retired for a number of years, this is still 18th place in the IRB World Standings. His 523 total points is no less impressive – David averaged 14.94 points per tournament.
Testimonials on David’s career:
David’s former coach and now USA Sevens coach Ric Suggitt stated: “It’s often hard for Canadians to put our rugby stars into context since we are a hockey nation but David’s accomplishments and his records show clearly that he has been one our best players not only in Canada but in the world and he was right up there with the elite.”
Former National Sevens Coach Doug Tate: “To accomplish what David did is historic and he did it playing against the likes of superstars Serevi, Gollings, and Gomez-Cora. Anyone who knows Sevens will understand how impressive that accomplishment is in rugby especially for a Canadian.”
Former National Team Manager Rick Farrally: “To say that I was a fan of David’s would be an understatement. He was a fierce competitor and his accomplishments reflect his dedication and purpose.”
Former teammate Mike Danskin: “Mooner was one of the best players that I ever played with for Canada. He has pretty well accomplished everything in rugby. For those of you here tonight in Whitby, David Moonlight is most certainly a deserving inductee into your Hall of Fame. He has represented his family, each of you, your town, and his country with passion and distinction on the world stage. It doesn’t come any better than that.”