Richard Webster

Richard Webster

Position: Back Row

Date Of Birth 09/07/1967 (50)
Place Of Birth Swansea
Height 188cm / 6' 2"
Weight 92kg / 14st 6lbs

Born on 9th July 1967 and educated at Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School, Bonymaen, Swansea,  Richard Edward Webster has tasted success at the highest levels in both Union and League codes of the rugby game. In his early days he played for the local Bonymaen youth side. Richard played for Wales youth and Wales Under 21’s in his advance to the senior game.  Progressing to Dunvant RFC, he signed to Swansea in 1985 and in 97 appearances as a flanker for the All Whites, scored 38 tries. During his Swansea career, Richard Webster gained his first Welsh cap which was against Australia (won 22 - 21) in Rotura in the 3rd place play-off of the Inaugural Rugby World cup in 1987. He played for Wales against the Barbarians in 1990.  He was again selected and played in the 1991 World Cup gaining caps against Argentina and Australia  going on to win a total of 13 Welsh caps. Webster made his Five Nations debut against Ireland in 1992. He played in all four matches and again in all four matches of the 1993 Championship.  His last Welsh cap came against France in the Stade Des princes in march 1993.

Whilst with Swansea Webster was part of the side that won the 1991-92 Heineken Championship. He also shone in the famous Swansea  win at St Helens over then World Champions Australia in November of 1992. In 1993 Webster reached the pinacle of the Union game by joining Swansea team mates Scott Gibbs, Robert Jones and Anthony Clement as a British & Irish Lion on the tour to New Zealand. He played in 7 matches scoring 2 tries.

An ambitious player, he was to leave Swansea in September 1993 for Salford RLFC, following in the footsteps of another former All White, Dai Young. He was the first Welsh international to turn professional since Mark Jones 3 years previously. Salford Chairman John Wilkinson said apon signing the 25 year old, "He is taylor made for our game. He is the best forward in Wales and possibly the best in rugby union". whilst playing in the League code, Richard was to compete in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup before returning to the Union code and Bath RFC in 1996 where he was in the side that beat Brive 19 - 18 to win the Heineken Cup Final on 31st January 1998.

In 1999 Webster returned to Wales and Bridgend RFC, and settled into a player manager role, continuing to serve with the Brewery Field based Celtic Warriors region on the coaching staff. With the Warriors’ demise in 2004, Richard Webster moved to the Cardiff Blues region as Forwards Coach, in 2005, a post he held till 2007 while maintaining links with his home club of Bonymaen RFC in a coaching capacity. In 2007-08 he accepted the offer to succeed fellow British & Irish Lion, Anthony Clement as coach of Swansea RFC and so has come full circle to the club where he made his name. In 2009-10 he was named as Principality premiership Coach of the Season as Swansea finished runners up in the league, the highest position since the semi-pro league started in 2003-04. He continued to head the coaching team at St Helens in the 2010-11 season with The Whites, while having taken the position of Assistant Coach for Wales Under 20’s in 2010. At the end of the 2010-11 season Richard Webster left St Helens to coach at Neath RFC.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1985/1986 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1986/1987 24 11 1 12 7 0 0 0 28  
  1987/1988 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1989/1990 6 4 0 2 3 0 0 0 12  
  1990/1991 20 11 0 9 10 0 0 0 40  
  1991/1992 23 18 0 5 8 0 0 0 32  
  1992/1993 17 12 0 5 6 0 0 0 30  
  1993/1994 4 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 20  
  Total 97 60 1 36 38 0 0 0 162  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1986
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/12/1985 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 13  
  12/04/1986 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 10  
Season Breakdown for 1987
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  27/09/1986 Newport FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 51 - 12  
  01/10/1986 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 37 - 16  
  05/10/1986 Lansdowne FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 16 - 22  
  11/10/1986 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 12  
  15/10/1986 Bridgend Ravens FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 22 - 22  
  18/10/1986 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 22  
  29/10/1986 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 9  
  08/11/1986 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 4 L 21 - 31  
  15/11/1986 Tredegar FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 4  
  29/11/1986 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 17  
  10/12/1986 Cardiff FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 19 - 14  
  13/12/1986 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 18  
  20/12/1986 Penarth FL 2 0 0 0 8 W 46 - 3  
  26/12/1986 Glamorgan Wanderers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 10  
  31/12/1986 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 12  
  10/01/1987 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 13  
  24/01/1987 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  14/02/1987 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 13 - 19  
  28/02/1987 South Wales Police FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 21 - 9  
  14/03/1987 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 30  
  04/04/1987 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 21 - 27  
  11/04/1987 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 28  
  18/04/1987 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 39 - 16  
  02/05/1987 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1988
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1987 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 19  
Season Breakdown for 1990
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  31/01/1990 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 78 - 3  
  03/02/1990 Abertillery FL 2 0 0 0 8 W 34 - 3  
  07/04/1990 Neath Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 16 - 24  
  14/04/1990 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 40 - 3  
  16/04/1990 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 19 - 24  
  28/04/1990 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 43 - 33  
Season Breakdown for 1991
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1990 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 7 - 13  
  08/09/1990 Lansdowne FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 45 - 19  
  22/09/1990 Cardiff N8 1 0 0 0 4 L 13 - 28  
  29/09/1990 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 14 - 23  
  13/10/1990 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  20/10/1990 Bridgend Ravens FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 21  
  27/10/1990 Pontypridd FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 18  
  10/11/1990 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 16  
  28/11/1990 Tredegar FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 7  
  22/12/1990 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  29/12/1990 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 4 - 29  
  31/12/1990 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 4 L 11 - 16  
  29/01/1991 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 4  
  23/02/1991 Bridgend Athletic FL 2 0 0 0 8 W 28 - 6  
  27/02/1991 Maesteg FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 32 - 10  
  09/03/1991 Pontypridd FL 1 0 0 0 4 L 13 - 18  
  16/03/1991 Tondu FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 13  
  23/03/1991 Abertillery FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 22 - 15  
  30/03/1991 Bridgend Ravens FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 30 - 19  
  07/04/1991 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 4 L 10 - 28  
Season Breakdown for 1992
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/09/1991 Gloucester Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 18 - 14  
  22/10/1991 Aberavon Quins FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 35 - 9  
  25/10/1991 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 6  
  01/11/1991 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 34  
  09/11/1991 Cardiff FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 23 - 9  
  16/11/1991 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 22  
  23/11/1991 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 9  
  30/11/1991 Bridgend Ravens FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 6  
  14/12/1991 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 47 - 6  
  21/12/1991 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  04/01/1992 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  05/02/1992 Cardiff FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 36 - 14  
  15/02/1992 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 13  
  22/02/1992 South Wales Police FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 13  
  29/02/1992 Newbridge FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 20 - 9  
  14/03/1992 Bridgend Ravens FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 22  
  28/03/1992 Pontypridd FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 46 - 12  
  04/04/1992 Dunvant FL 1 0 0 0 4 W 14 - 6  
  11/04/1992 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 4  
  18/04/1992 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  25/04/1992 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 6  
  04/05/1992 Newport FL 2 0 0 0 8 W 23 - 9  
  16/05/1992 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 7 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1993
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1992 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 13  
  10/10/1992 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 37 - 27  
  17/10/1992 Bridgend Ravens FL 1 0 0 0 5 W 29 - 6  
  24/10/1992 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 44 - 20  
  31/10/1992 Pontypridd Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 15  
  04/11/1992 Australia FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  14/11/1992 South Wales Police FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 16  
  05/12/1992 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  15/01/1993 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 15  
  23/01/1993 Tenby United FL 1 0 0 0 5 W 22 - 6  
  27/02/1993 South Wales Police FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 11  
  13/03/1993 Bridgend Ravens FL 2 0 0 0 10 W 25 - 16  
  03/04/1993 Bonymaen FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  06/04/1993 Newport FL 1 0 0 0 5 W 32 - 16  
  07/04/1993 Pontypridd FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 35  
  24/04/1993 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 5 L 18 - 29  
  28/04/1993 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
Season Breakdown for 1994
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1993 Newbridge FL 2 0 0 0 10 W 15 - 11  
  08/09/1993 Dunvant FL 1 0 0 0 5 W 37 - 11  
  18/09/1993 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 5 W 22 - 12  
  25/09/1993 Neath Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 18 - 40  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 13 5 0 8 1 0 0 0 4  

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