It was inevitable that Richard de Carpentier has been nicknamed ‘Chippy’ by his teammates. A new contracted member of the full-time England Sevens squad for 2015-16, he had already played in eight HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments and scored four tries.
He added a fifth try against the USA in Dubai in December 2015, scored another against Portugal in Vancouver the following March and two more in Hong Kong in April. He has now played in 26 events and scored 27 tries, including three in the 26-17 win over Wales in the Bowl quarter-final in Singapore last April and then four in Paris where he was his side’s top try-scorer. He reached the 20-try landmark in Cape Town in December. In May last year, Richard was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but was not included in the final party. His performances were rewarded 12 months later when he became the RPA England Sevens Player of the Year.
A back row forward at 15-a-side and a prop in sevens, Manchester-born Richard made his debut in the Edinburgh event six years ago, played in Hong Kong and Tokyo in 2013 and was in the 2015 England squad for the Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Glasgow, London, Dubai and Cape Town tournaments.
Educated at Broughton Primary School, Preston and Kirkham Grammar School, he has played for Leicester Tigers (2011), Worcester Warriors (2012-15) and also had a loan spell with Nottingham. He first laced up his boots when 11 but in his own words “started properly when I was 14/15 at Kirkham.” His rugby mentors were Aled Trenhaile, the ongoing rugby master there with whom he still keeps in touch and Brian Gornall.
Richard captained the school team that included fellow England Sevens player Dan Bibby and Kieran Brookes, a Northampton Saints newcomer from Newcastle Falcons for 2015-16. While studying sports coaching at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (now Cardiff Metropolitan University) from 2008-11, he led the side when they lost to a powerful Durham side in the BUCS final at Twickenham. He captained Worcester in their first JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series final in 2013. Richard also helped Worcester to win the 2015 British & Irish Cup and has played for England Students and GB Students.
In his formative years, he played for the North U18 and Lancashire U16-U20 and looking back he said: “None of my family members have been involved in the game. I think I chose to play rugby above other sports because it was the main one at school. The player I most admire is Lawrence Dallaglio, an aggressive and abrasive back row. He carried well and was also good in space.
“My favourite ground has to be Sixways Stadium (Worcester) as I’ve played in some memorable matches there and it was my ‘home’ for three years.” His hobbies include golf, walking his dog Audrey, an Italian spinone and a “bit of gardening!”
Last updated: 24 May 2017