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.
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