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Having been an accomplished member of the England U21 Grand Slam-winning team in 2004 and England Saxons squad that won the 2007 Barclays Churchill Cup, Richard Wigglesworth made his full Test debut against Italy in February 2008.

He scored a try in his second England appearance - a 24-13 win over France in Paris later that month - and after winning his 27th England cap at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, earned a recall to the squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, following consistently impressive form for club side Saracens.

That was the scrum-half's second extended break from the national team because, before appearing off the bench against Wales at Twickenham in August 2011, he had won his previous cap against New Zealand in Auckland in June 2008.

He toured Argentina in the summer of 2009 but was not among the match squad of 22 for the Test against the Pumas in Salta.

Four years on, in June 2013, 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 the following week. His next cap was 17 months later against Samoa at Twickenham.

He came off the bench in every one of England's pool games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

Richard first played for Sale Sharks in the Premiership against Bath Rugby in 2002, having graduated through the club's academy but switched to Saracens in 2010.

A prominent contributor to the first England U21 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.

Richard played in all 24 Premiership matches in the 2010/11 season, including the semi-final and final, as Saracens lifted the crown with a 22-18 triumph over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.

He also helped Saracens to domestic glory in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns, as well as back-to-back European Rugby Champions Cup victories in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

With the Sharks, his only previous club, he won the Premiership title in 2006 and helped them lift the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 27-3 victory over Pau in 2004/05 at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford - having made his European debut against the Scarlets in December 2002.

International Record

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) 2014 Sam(R), A(R) 2015 W(R), It(R), I(R), S(R), F(R), F, I(R) World Cup – Fj(R), W(R), A(R), U(R), 2018 W(R)

Last updated: 12 February 2018

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