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Huw Richards
Wales
Full name Huw David Richards
Born October 9, 1960, Carmarthen
Current age 54 years 49 days
Major teams Wales
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Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1986-1987 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
IRB Rugby World Cup 1987-1987 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 66.66

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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
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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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