|Weight||84kg (13st 3lb)|
As an accomplished member of the England Saxons squad that won the 2007 Barclays Churchill Cup, Richard Wigglesworth was destined to play at Test level. Not only that, he scored a try in the second of his 14 England appearances so far in the 24-13 win over France in Paris six years ago.
Before playing off the bench against Wales at Twickenham the previous month, he had won his most recent cap against New Zealand in Auckland in June 2008. He toured Argentina the following summer, but was not among the match squad of 22 for the Test against the Pumas in Salta. Four years on, in June last year, he came off the bench in the 32-3 win over Argentina at the same venue and also shared in the 51-26 victory over the Pumas at Buenos Aires a week later.
Richard, who has appeared 11 times for the Saxons, first played for Sale Sharks in the Premiership against Bath Rugby in 2002, having graduated through the club's academy but switched to Saracens four seasons ago.
A prominent contributor to the first England Under 21 Grand Slam winning team in 2004, he was born in Blackpool, educated at Kirkham Grammar School and joined Sale Sharks Academy in 2001.
He had represented England Schools 18 Group, scored a try for the U19 side against France and battled his way into the Sale team after facing tough competition from Bryan Redpath and Sililo Martens. A talented left-footed goal-kicker, he can also play at fly half or on the wing.
By early January this year, his Premiership appearances had reached 177 and he had scored 103 points. Richard played in all 24 Premiership matches in 2010-11, including the semi-final and final as Saracens lifted the crown with a 22-18 triumph over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.
When the Sharks, his only previous club, won the title in 2006, he also made a strong impression in the 19 matches in which he played. Adept in either half back position, he helped the Sharks to lift what is now the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 27-3 victory over Pau in 2004-05 at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. His European debut was against the Scarlets in December 2002.
5 points – 1T
2008 It (R), F, S, I, NZ (1) 2011 W (R), W, I World Cup - Arg, R (R), S (R), F (R) 2013 Arg (1R, 2R)
Last updated: January 13, 2014