David Strettle attended Lymm High School and played for Lymm RFC. He frequently states that his rugby heroes and influences come from Lymm RFC.
At Harlequins he scored a hat trick in the game against Newcastle Falcons and was included in the England Saxons squad for the team's games against Italy and Ireland, scoring in both games.
Strettle was also a regular in the England sevens squad throughout the 2005/06 IRB World Seven Series. He was called up to the England starting XV for its 2007 Six Nations game against Ireland at Croke Park in the place of the injured Jason Robinson, and scored England's only try in the 43-13 defeat. He also started in the win over France and the defeat to Wales.
On 2 May 2007, Strettle was named as the Professional Rugby Player's Association Young Player of the Season. He was also named in the Sky Sports Dream Team for the Guinness Premiership season 2006-07.
He returned to play for Harlequins after recovering from the injury that put him out of the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was called up to the England squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship. He started the game against Wales but was withdrawn early on following a metatarsal break, which ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.
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