- 25 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.
Hardwick has built his game on tireless defensive efforts and constant pressure on the ball carrier, with the ability to obtain turnovers a key part of the flankers game.
Hardwick made his Super Rugby debut in Round 4 against the Highlanders in Dunedin and would go on to register four games in his debut season.
In May 2017, Hardwick earned his first call-up into the Wallaby squad ahead of their June internationals against Scotland, Fiji and Italy.
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.
Following an impressive start to the 2017 Super Rugby season and his international debut against Fiji in Melbourne, Hardwick initially signed a contract extension with the Western Force, keeping him with the side for the 2018 Super Rugby season. However, when the Force were annexed from Super Rugby, Hardwick then penned a two year contract with the Melbourne Rebels.
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.
- Australia (2017)