Richard Hardwick

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Richard Hardwick
Date of birth (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 24)
Place of birthWindhoek, Namibia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
SchoolChurchlands SHS
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Rebels
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011− UWA 92 ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014– Perth Spirit 27 (30)
2016−2017 Western Force 19 (10)
2018– Rebels 7 (0)
Correct as of 14 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Australia 'A' Schools ()
2017 Australia 2 (0)
Correct as of 19 June 2017

Richard Hardwick (born 31 May 1994) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He is currently signed with the Melbourne Rebels and previously played for the Western Force in Super Rugby,[1] and the Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship.[2] His usual position is flanker.

Early life[edit]

Hardwick was born in Namibia, but raised in Western Australia. He attended Churchlands Senior High School in Perth and was selected for the Australia 'A' Schoolboys team in 2011.[3] Hardwick earned his stripes playing for University of Western Australia in the local Premier Grade competition. He previously played in the Juniors for UWA. In addition he spent two years with the Future Force squad preparing to become a Super Rugby player.[1]

Rugby career[edit]

Named as a member of the Force's wider training group ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season, Hardwick didn't have to wait long for his debut, arriving as it did in a match away to the Highlanders at the end of March. He made two starts and two substitute appearances during the season.[4]

Hardwick won the Phil Waugh Medal in the grand final of the 2016 National Rugby Championship for his man of the match performance on the way to Perth Spirit's first NRC title win.[5]

In late 2017 Hardwick signed with the Rebels, along with fellow Wallabies teammates, Bill Meakes and Matt Philip. Hardwick signed a two year deal which will take him through the 2019 World Cup.[6]

Super Rugby statistics[edit]

As of 15 July 2018[7]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2016 Western Force 4 2 2 193 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Western Force 15 7 8 757 2 0 0 0 10 1 0
2018 Rebels 7 1 6 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26 10 16 1130 2 0 0 0 10 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The future is now for Richard Hardwick". Western Force. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Richard Hardwick Perth Spirit Player Profile". Rugby WA. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ Taylor, Nick (14 July 2011). "WA's teenage talent rises to the top". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Force name side for clash with in-form Highlanders". Rugby WA. 30 March 2016. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  5. ^ Bath, Chris (26 October 2016). "Hardwick earns Waugh". The Northern Daily Leader. Tamworth. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Test trio sign with Rebels". Rugby.com.au. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Richard Hardwick itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 14 August 2016.