Full name Huw David Richards
Born October 9, 1960, Carmarthen
Current age 55 years 358 days
Major teams Wales
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1987-1987||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||66.66|
|Test debut||Tonga v Wales at Nuku A'lofa, Jun 12, 1986 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Wales at Brisbane, Jun 14, 1987 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list|
Richards came to the fore as part of a dominant Neath side in the mid-1980s but found his path to international recognition with Wales blocked by a healthy crop of second-row options. After winning a Wales 'B' cap against France in 1984 he waited two years for his first Test appearance, which came off the bench against Tonga in Nuku A'lofa following a mass brawl and injury to flanker Mark Brown. His next appearance in a Wales shirt was also against Tonga, at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. He subsequently played in the quarter-final win over England and the semi-final loss to New Zealand, but infamously became the first man to be sent-off at a World Cup when given his marching orders against the All Blacks for a swinging a punch at Gary Whetton. Richards was also flattened by a punch from Buck Shelford in the melee but shouldered the shame alone. He returned to action with Neath and enjoyed great domestic success but never played for Wales again.
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