Justin Tipuric

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Justin Tipuric
Justin Tipuric. Wales Grand Slam Celebration, Senedd 19 March 2012.jpg
Full name Justin Tipuric
Date of birth (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Trebanos, Wales
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
School Cwmtawe Community School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2007–2011 Aberavon RFC 32 (20)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2009– Ospreys 134 (105)
Correct as of 16 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2008–2009
2011–
2013
Wales U20
Wales
British & Irish Lions
15
51
1
(35)
(20)
(0)
Correct as of 18 March 2017

Justin Tipuric (born 6 August 1989) is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays for Wales as an openside flanker. He plays club rugby for the Ospreys regional team, having previously played for Aberavon RFC. He is of Croatian descent,[1] he got married in Croatia.

In June 2011 he was named in the Wales national rugby union team 45 man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup,[2] but was ultimately left out of the final squad.[3] He made his Wales international debut on 20 August 2011 versus Argentina as a second-half replacement. He was also included in the Wales Rugby Sevens in 10/11.

After his efforts for the Welsh side in the 2013 Six Nations Championship, he was selected by Warren Gatland for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

In August 2015 Tipuric named to the Welsh national rugby union team 47 man training squad for 2015 Rugby World Cup, and started in the home & away warm-up fixtures against Ireland, scoring tries in both fixtures (the first was nominated for World Rugby Try of the Year[4]) and being named man of the match in the second game. Tipuric was named to the final 31 man squad, and despite his fantastic form entering the tournament, he was dropped from the starting XV in favour of returning captain Sam Warburton. He did however feature in all 5 of Wales' games scoring a try in the win 54-9 against Uruguay national rugby union team, his third successive international with a try.

After being named in the squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship, Tipuric went on to feature in all 5 games, starting alongside longtime rival Sam Warburton against Ireland & Scotland. In the final game against Italy, Tipuric sustained a heavy concussion during a line out which resulted in Tipuric requiring a three month break from the sport to recover, ruling him out of the summer tour to New Zealand.[5] Following his return from injury Tipuric was included Robert Howley's squad for the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals, going onto start in 3 fixtures including a man of the match try scoring performance versus South Africa.

Tipuric was named in the squad for the 2017 Six Nations Championship, and started in the first fixture versus Italy. During this game Tipuric missed his first tackle since the Wales v England game in the 2016 Six Nations, a total of 358 days.[6]

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