- 26 Age
- 102kg Weight
- 183cm Height
Richard Hardwick is a stocky flanker who possesses an immovable stance at any breakdown, making him a weapon for obtaining 'not releasing' penalties.
Born in Namibia, Zimbabwe, the UWA and Future Force Foundation product made his Super Rugby debut in 2016's Round Six against the Highlanders and went on to play a further three games.
In October 2016, he signed for the Western Force, making his Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
He entered the 2017 season with four Super Rugby caps under his name.
In May 2017 Hardwick earned his first call-up into the Wallaby squad ahead of their June internationals against Scotland, Fiji and Italy.
Following an impressive start to the 2017 Super Rugby season and his international debut against Fiji, Hardwick signed a contract extension with the Western Force keeping him with side for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
Hardwick has built his game on tireless defensive efforts and constant pressure on the ball carrier, placing him in the top 10 in the Super Rugby competition for forced turn overs and no doubt a big factor in what caught Wallaby head coach Michael Chieka’s eye.
Hardwick came off the bench to make his Test debut against Fiji and came off the bench again against Italy, however he then missed The Rugby Championship through injury.
In November he signed with the Rebels for the 2018 & 2019 Super Rugby seasons.
Hardwick enjoyed a solid start to his new side, playing in eight games throughout the 2018 season, yet the flanker only managed an average of 28 minutes.
2019 proved to be a more successful year for Hardwick, with the forward playing 12 matches and increasing his game time to an average of 58 minutes, finishing first for the Rebels in penalties forced.