Player

Scott Gibbs - Centre

Scott Gibbs
Height175
Weight99
Date Of Birth23/01/1971
Place Of BirthBridgend
EducationYsgol Gyfun Llanharry
ClubsSwansea, St Helens, Neath, Pencoed
RegionsOspreys
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions, Wales A, Wales RL, Wales B, Wales Youth
InvitationalBarbarians
Date Of Birth: 23/01/1971 (39)
Place Of Birth: Bridgend
Height: 175cm / 5'9"
Weight: 99kg / 15st 8lbs
Clubs: Pencoed / Neath / Swansea
Education: Ysgol Gyfun Llanharry (Wales)
Regions: Ospreys
Invitational: Barbarians
Honours: British and Irish Lions / Wales Youth / Wales B / Wales A / Wales

Profile
Ian Scott Gibbs' remarkable career spanned both rugby codes, his international career beginning in 1991 v England aged only 19. Moving from Neath to Swansea in 1992 the fast and powerfull centre scored the first try in The Whites' victory over then World Champions Australia. Further big performances helped his side to a Welsh Cup Final and secured a call-up to the 1993 Lions tour to New Zealand. His impressive form saw him replace the England captain Will Carling in the last 2 tests. Following ligament injury in a Barbarians game, Gibbs returned to rugby but in the League code in 1994 with St Helens where he developed into a remarkably powerfull player, representing Wales and Great Britain in that code. Returning to Swansea and Rugby Union in 1996, he brought with him a professional approach and hard edge that soon saw him back in a Wales Jersey. He was selected for the 1997 Lions tour to South Africa and was voted 'Player of the Series' for his devastating tackling and running exemplified by his flooring of the Springbok 2nd row Os du Randt. He aquired the nicknames of the 'pocket battleship', 'car crash' and 'the fastest prop in world rugby' due to these strengths. But he was more than just an impact player and had great vision, an eye for the gap and good hands. His dancing run to score "that try" in the last minute win over England in 1999 ensured his passing into Welsh rugby folklore. He scored twice as Man of the Match in his last of 53 Welsh caps (v Italy) in 2001 and went to Australia for this third Lions Tour in the same year. He captained Swansea for 5 consecutive seasons from 1998-99 to 2002-03, a feat only equalled by W J Bancroft and W J Trew (6 times each).
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1991-1992 12 10 0 2 7 0 0 0 28
1992-1993 20 16 0 4 4 0 0 0 20
1993-1994 10 9 0 1 3 0 0 0 15
1996-1997 25 14 1 10 13 0 0 0 65
1997-1998 21 13 3 5 7 0 0 0 35
1998-1999 22 18 0 4 13 0 0 0 65
1999-2000 14 9 0 5 5 0 0 0 25
2000-2001 24 16 0 8 8 0 0 0 40
2001-2002 24 11 0 13 9 0 0 0 45
2002-2003 23 10 0 13 3 0 0 0 15
TOTAL 195 126 4 65 72 0 0 0 353
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3