Richard Buckman

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Richard Buckman
Date of birth (1989-05-27) 27 May 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
School Napier Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Midfield / Wing / Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016− Panasonic Wild Knights 10 (25)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009- Hawke's Bay 70 (116)
Correct as of 23 October 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 31 July 2016

Richard Buckman, also known as the Barracuda Buckman is one of the absolute legends of the Highlanders along with the likes of Marty Banks, Fumiaki Tanaka, Siua Halanukanuka and Tony Brown (born 27 May 1989), is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the Highlanders in the Super Rugby competition.

Early life[edit]

Buckman was born in Palmerston North,[1] and went to Argyll School. In 2002, he was the Ross Shield player of the tournament.[2] In 2004, he was selected for the Central Districts Under 15 Rugby League side and was a standout player.[citation needed] He attended Napier Boys' High School and was a member of their 1st XV.

Rugby career[edit]

Buckman plays his club rugby for Napier Technical and was a member of the 2008 Hawke's Bay Magpies Wider Training Group. He made his debut off the bench for the Magpies against Otago at Carisbrook. In 2009 he was named in the squad and got his first start against Southland. In 2011 he made his debut off the bench for the Hurricanes.[citation needed]

2009 season[edit]

Buckman came close to being selected for the New Zealand side for the Under-20 World Cup.[2] He was named in the Magpies team and mainly used off the bench. He was selected for two starts, one against Southland at Rugby Park in Invercargill and the second in the semi-final against Canterbury at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.[citation needed]

2011 season[edit]

In January 2011 Buckman was selected for the Hurricanes Wider Training Group.[3] He played in all but one of the Hurricanes Development Team games and was then called up to train with the full squad at the end of April.[4] On 4 June he make his debut off the bench as replacement for winger Hosea Gear at the end of the match against the Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.[5]


  1. ^ "Richard Buckman profile". Hurricanes. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "RUGBY: Age-group star hits pay dirt". Hawke's Bay Today. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Highlanders News – Wider Training Group confirmed". Highlanders Trust. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Buckman hangs out with the big boys". Hawke's Bay Today. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hurricanes power past Lions at Wellington". Hurricanes. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 

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