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Gloucester Rugby: Richard Hibbard excited about switch

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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WELSH wrecking ball Richard Hibbard is determined to become a big hit at Kingsholm as Gloucester build a fearsome pack of old.

The Wales hooker put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Cherry and Whites this week and will cross the border in the summer after a decade at the Ospreys.

He is the third front-row reinforcement, following the signings of Sila Puafisi and John Afoa, as Nigel Davies bids to add steel to next season's pack.

The 30-year-old, who started the British and Irish Lions third Test in July, is a major coup for Gloucester, who fought off interest from a number of English clubs, Toulon and Perpignan.

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Hibbard said: "I'm extremely excited to be joining Gloucester. It's such a good club and I've been lucky to play against them many times.

"I just love their style – they're a forward orientated, old school team in a real rugby area. It's not far from home and the fact that it's such a traditional club, with all those values and with such great, passionate supporters really attracts me.

"Nigel really sold his vision to me. He wants a big, strong pack and has real ambition to challenge for silverware.

"I'm really confident we will be able to compete next year and the signing of John (Afoa) just shows how ambitious the club are.

"When I played them they had a big, hard pack of forwards led by the likes of Oliver Azam, so it was a real tough battle.

"The atmosphere really stands out in my memory.

"Kingsholm is a real fortress and I don't think I've won there but hopefully that will change next year

"I got plenty of stick from the crowd but it will be nice to have them on my side next year.

"I've heard props and hookers are the heroes at Kingsholm which is great to hear and hopefully the fans will take to me."

The explosive hooker, who is renowned for his scrummaging prowess, unrelenting physicality and total disregard for his own safety, has established himself as an ever-present feature for Wales this year.

He rocked the Millennium Stadium to its foundations with a bone-crunching tackle on Joe Marler during last season's Six Nations and infamously knocked out George Smith in a collision during the Lions' third Test.

He has continued his fine form in the new campaign and was at the thick of the action in Wales' autumn campaign for which he was named man of the series but faces two weeks on the sidelines after fracturing a small bone in his hand.

Hibbard has vowed to continue putting his body on the line when he pulls on the Cherry and White.

He said: "Hopefully I can bring the same to what I have at the Ospreys – give them more power, lead from the front, bring a presence around the pitch and physicality.

"I base my game on physicality and love those tackles and big hits – that's what happens when you grow up with three older brothers."

Hibbard is already primed to risk the wrath of his future team-mates to protect his trademark blond locks.

As part of initiations new players can chose whether to have their heads shaved or drink eight pints of milk within 20 minutes without being sick.

Hibbard said: "It will be no problem as long as I can have some cookies at the same time."

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  • stew_glos  |  December 19 2013, 11:02PM

    At long last, with the signing of Hibbard, Pulasi and Afoa, some decent support alongside and to back-up Gloucester Rugby's best and most talented tight head prop, Rupҽrt Hardҽn. Strange, isn't it, that the self-aggrandising talentless spotter, with his scatter-gun approach of naming every prop from every corner under the sun failed to name our latest signing? On second thoughts, it's not really strange... it was sooooooo predictable because he actually knows nothing. It's like being at a seance every time he makes one of his comments. Is there a Mary in the audience? WINK WINK! WINK WINK!

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  • Drussus  |  December 19 2013, 10:59PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupҽrt Hardҽn anchoring it and we have no effective maul or defence against it when he is not on the field. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll The_Selector/shedheadnot/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • TommoOGlaws  |  December 19 2013, 10:57PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll The_Selector/shedheadnot/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby.

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  • TollyGlaws54  |  December 19 2013, 10:54PM

    Nigel Davies knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupҽrt Hardҽn is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he is better than Nigel Davies is the troll The_Selector/shedheadnot/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 19 2013, 10:51PM

    The_Selector aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • Drussus  |  December 19 2013, 10:48PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll The_Selector aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone if he prefers. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men.

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  • stew_glos  |  December 19 2013, 10:47PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll The_Selector aka shedheadNOT aka gloslover-NOT pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre.

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  • TollyGlaws54  |  December 19 2013, 10:45PM

    It's hilarious the way the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "The_Selector" identity to his "shedheadNOT"/"gloslover-NOT"/"spinelessjim" identities expecting everyone to take him seriously. The fact is he is a clueless troll who has no idea about Gloucester Rugby or any of its players and he hasn't the first clue where Kingsholm is.

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  • TommoOGlaws  |  December 19 2013, 10:41PM

    Let's face it, the so-called "The_Selector" aka "sheadheadNOT" is just the same clueless old Gloucester hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester game at Kingsholm, let alone any away and has no idea about front row play. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn is Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head. ND knows it which is why he selects him to start all the critical games.

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 18 2013, 6:53PM

    ...And up pops the very Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll, "The_slector" aka "sheadheadDEFINITELYNOT", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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