Richard Wigglesworth (rugby union)

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Richard Wigglesworth
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Personal information
Full name Richard Eric Wigglesworth
Date of birth (1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb) [1]
School(s) attended Kirkham Grammar School
Club information
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current club Saracens
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2002–2010
2010–
Sale Sharks
Saracens
Representative teams**
2008– England 14 (5)
Sevens National teams**
England
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 25 October 2011.

Richard Eric Peter Wigglesworth (born 9 June 1983) is an English rugby union player for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.

Born in Blackpool, England, and attended Kirkham Grammar School. Wigglesworth's position of choice is as a scrum-half and can also operate as a fly-half or as a winger.

Wigglesworth started his professional career with Sale Sharks coming through the youth ranks, but moved to Saracens in June 2010.[2] In the 2005–2006 season, Wigglesworth started the final as Sale Sharks won their first ever Premiership title.[3]

He married Lindsay Jane Fitzgerald in July 2009 and they now have a daughter, Matilda, and son, Freddie. Lindsay is a qualified dentist and graduated from Liverpool University's BDS course in 2007.

International career[edit]

Wigglesworth was called up to the England squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship.[4][5] He has already been selected for the England Saxons and the training squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[6]

He was named in the starting line-up for England in the 2008 RBS Six Nations Championship match against France in Paris.[7] Sale coach Philippe Saint-Andre says he is confident that England newcomer Wigglesworth has the mentality required for international rugby.[8] On 23 February 2008, he scored a 79th minute try to help England to a 24–13 win in Paris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sale's Wigglesworth joins Sarries". BBC News. 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Sale 45-20 Leicester". BBC. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vainikolo named in England squad". BBC. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Vainikolo – named in England squad". Sportinglife. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  6. ^ "England add Wigglesworth to squad". BBC. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Wigglesworth handed England call". BBC. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Wigglesworth 'right for England'". BBC. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 

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