Wales Caps: 23 (12-0-11) Wales Points: 5 (1t)
Wales Debut: v Argentina* 2006
British & Irish Lions: 0
Lions Debut: NA
Test Record v Australia: 3 (0-0-3)
Born in Neath, Wales, Richard Hibbard started playing rugby at age grade levels at clubs in the town of Port Talbot. He went on to play at senior level for Taibach, Aberavon RFC and Swansea before making his name at the Ospreys.
A physical player, he used to play rugby league for Aberavon Fighting Irish before moving to Swansea, where he played 81 matches, and his Ospreys debut came against Munster in the opening game of the 2004/05 season. He has since helped the region win four RaboDirect PRO12 titles and the EDF Energy Cup.
Hibbard emerged as Wales’ top choice hooker during the 2013 RBS 6 Nations title triumph, playing in four of the five games. At club level at the Ospreys he has had to fight with Grand Slam hooker Huw Bennett for recognition and this season had 2009 British & Irish Lions test hooker Matthew Rees and Ken Owens to deal with.
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