Full name Richard David Parks
Born August 14, 1977, Pontypridd
Current age 36 years 210 days
Major teams Barbarians, Dragons, Leeds Carnegie, Perpignan, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 233 lb
|Test debut||South Africa v Wales at Bloemfontein, Jun 8, 2002 match details|
|Last Test||Wales v Scotland at Millennium Stadium, Aug 30, 2003 match details|
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Parks is a former Welsh international rugby player, earning caps against South Africa, Fiji, Scotland and Ireland. He also represented the Barbarians and Wales Sevens on the IRB world circuit and in the World Cup.
As a back row forward, he made a name for himself as a hard, prolific tackler and support player. However, he was forced to retire from the game in 2009 due to a career ending shoulder injury. Parks was an integral part of both the Principality Cup winning Pontypridd side and the Powergen Cup winning Leeds Tykes.
After a spell playing for the French club USA Perpignan, he returned to Wales with the Gwent Dragons, passionate to represent his country again. Despite putting himself back into contention for further Test caps with his performances for the region, sadly injury prevented his return to the international stage and ultimately forced his early retirement from what was a highly successful 13 year career in professional rugby.