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 201 and scored another against Portugal in Vancouver the following March.
A prolific try scorer, Richard was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but was not included in the final party.
His performances were rewarded 12 months later though when he became the RPA England Sevens Player of the Year and he was picked in England’s squad for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
A back row forward at 15-a-side and a prop in sevens, Manchester-born Richard has played for Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors and also had a loan spell with Nottingham.
He first laced up his boots when 11 but started properly when 14 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 a school team that included fellow England Sevens player Dan Bibby and Kieran Brookes, an England and Northampton Saints prop.
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 Durham in the BUCS final at Twickenham.
He captained Worcester Warriors in their first 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.
Last updated: 10 July 2017