Richard Hibbard

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Richard Hibbard
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Date of birth (1983-12-13) 13 December 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Neath, Wales
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb)
School Glan Afan Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Taibach RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 12 March 2016.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2014 Ospreys 175 (50)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 8 Aug 2015.

Richard Hibbard (born 13 December 1983), is a Wales international rugby union player currently for Aviva Premiership team Gloucester Rugby

Hibbard was born in Neath, Wales. A hooker, he started playing rugby at age grade levels at clubs in the town of Port Talbot, including Aberavon Quins RFC and Taibach RFC. A former pupil of Glan Afan Comprehensive School, he went on to play at senior level for Taibach, Aberavon RFC and Swansea before making his name at the Ospreys.

He used to play rugby league for Aberavon Fighting Irish and made one appearance for the Wales A rugby league side in their 28–18 win over England in Aberavon in 2003.

Hibbard attained his first Wales cap against Argentina in June 2006. Hibbard missed the 2011 Rugby World Cup through injury.[1]

He was named as part of the Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. Winning caps in all three test matches and starting the third and decisive match.[2]

On 16 December 2013, it was announced that Hibbard would join Gloucester Rugby in the English Aviva Premiership on a three-year contract from the 2014-15 season.[3]


  1. "Rugby World Cup 2011: Sam Warburton leads Wales in New Zealand". BBC. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Paul Rees (30 April 2013). "Jonny Wilkinson turned down Lions chance, says Warren Gatland". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Gloucester sign Wales and Lions hooker Richard Hibbard from the Ospreys". Gloucester Rugby. 16 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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