Richard Hibbard selected for Lions tour opener

Date posted: 31/05/2013

Ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour we caught up with Gilbert Rugby Ambassador, Wales, Ospreys and now British and Irish Lions hooker, Richard Hibbard who chatted all things Lions and Wales with Rugby Legend JJ Williams.


The Wales hooker, Capped over 20 times for his country, has enjoyed an outstanding campaign and has been deservedly rewarded with a place in the Lions squad to face the Wallabies. ‘Hibbz’ will make his Lions bow in the first tour game against the Barbarians on Saturday 1st June.

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British and Irish Lions Team to face the Barbarians: 15-Stuart Hogg (Scotland), 14-Alex Cuthbert (Wales) 13-Jonathan Davies (Wales), 12-Jamie Roberts (Wales), 11-Sean Maitland (Scotland), 10-Owen Farrell (England), 9-Mike Phillips (Wales), 8-Toby Faletau (Wales), 7-Justin Tipuric (Wales), 6-Dan Lydiate (Wales), 5-Paul O’Connell (Ireland, captain), 4-Richie Gray (Scotland), 3-Adam Jones (Wales), 2-Richard Hibbard (Wales), 1-Mako Vunipola (England).

Replacements: 16-Tom Youngs (England), 17-Cian Healy (Ireland), 18-Matt Stevens (England), 19-Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales), 20-Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), 21-Conor Murray (Ireland), 22-Jonny Sexton (Ireland), 23-George North (Wales).

Barbarians team to face the Lions:
15-Jared Payne (Ulster), 14-Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), 13-Elliot Daly (London Wasps), 12-Casey Laulala (Munster and New Zealand), 11-Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz and U.S.), 10-Nick Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), 9-Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz and France), *8-Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), 7-Sam Jones (London Wasps), 6-Samu Manoa (Northampton and U.S.), 5-Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs and Australia), 4-Marco Wentzel (London Wasps and South Africa), 3-Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), 2-Schalk Brits (Saracens and South Africa), 1-Paul James (Bath and Wales).

Replacements: Duncan Jones (Ospreys and Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso and Italy), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester and Scotland), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz and France), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro and Italy), Kahn Fotuali’i (Ospreys and Samoa), James Hook (Perpignan and Wales), Mike Tindall (Gloucester and England).