Richard Hibbard: Gloucester recruitment excites Wales hooker

Richard Hibbard
Hibbard has 31 Wales caps and three for the British & Irish Lions

Gloucester's Richard Hibbard says he has been impressed with the recent changes made at his new club.

The Wales hooker, 30, arrived at Kingsholm this summer having been signed by ex-Cherry and Whites director of rugby Nigel Davies in December.

Davies has since been replaced by Ulster boss David Humphries and the club have added a further six internationals for next season.

"The recruitment the club have done since is so impressive," said Hibbard.

"They are really showing their intent and I'm looking forward to working for them," he told BBC Gloucestershire.

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Hibbard was coached by Davies in the Wales set-up seven years ago and said of the former Gloucester boss: "I'm disappointed he's gone as I was looking forward to working with him again.

"But that's sport. Everything changes very fast. You've got to adapt to these situations."

Capped 31 times by his country and three times by the British & Irish Lions, Hibbard has spent the last 10 seasons playing for Ospreys.

Gloucester will be his first venture in the English game, having previously played club rugby for Aberavon and Swansea.

"It was one of the most difficult rugby decisions of my life," he said of his move to the Premiership.

"It was my 10th season with the Ospreys. If I was ever going to move clubs, then now was the time.

"I spoke to a number of people who'd moved on and they all said moving out of Wales was one of the best decisions they'd ever made.

"To broaden my experience and meet new people, that's one of the things I had to do."

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