Future Force Foundation product Richard Hardwick has been elevated to the senior group after impressing when called upon last season. The 22-year-old made his Super Rugby debut in Round Six last season against the Highlanders and went on to play a further three games in a whirldwind year for the young back rower. The UWA product starred for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC title winning campaign and put in a heroic defensive performance in the Grand Final to be named the inaugural Phil Waugh Medalist. The Namibian-born flanker’s aggression in contact and tenacity at the breakdown has drawn comparisons with a young Matt Hodgson and ‘Dickie’ will be pushing to add to his four caps this season.

Stats

Games: 
4
Points: 
0
Tries: 
0
Penalty Goals: 
0
Drop Goals: 
0
Timeline: 
2016
Makes Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders, playing four matches in debut season. Key player for the Perth Spirit, winning inaugural Phil Waugh Medal for man of the match in the grand final. Signs first full contract with the Western Force in October.
2015
Joins the Future Force Foundation as one of three inaugural members. Plays Perth Spirit.
2014
Features in all of the Perth Spirit's matches including the grand final. Plays WA U20’s and joins Western Force wider training group. Starts at blindside flanker in UWA’s Pindan Premier Grade grand final winning side.
2013
Selected to represent Force ‘A’.
2012
Selected to represent Perth Gold and Force ‘A’.
2011
Joins RugbyWA Adademy, represents WA Schoolboys and Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys.