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Gloucester Rugby: Dawidiuk welcomes Hibbard

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

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DARREN Dawidiuk has welcomed the signing of Richard Hibbard.

The Gloucester hooker could be forgiven for being disheartened following the capture of the Wales and British Lions star for next season.

But he is relishing the opportunity to learn from and compete with the blond-bombshell for a starting position,

Dawidiuk said: “It’s a really good signing and a great positive for the team, the club and myself.

“Personally I see it as a positive – you need to learn from someone like Hibbard.

“I see it as a massive competition and that’s only going to drive the squad harder. I will have to push myself and improve as a player.

“I’m really looking forward to having that competition and working alongside him.”

The 26-year-old has been an ever-present feature in the Cherry and White pack this season, and after receiving plenty of criticism he reckons they are turning the corner.

He added: “In the last few games the pack has been going really well.

“We’ve had a good set-piece which is moving forward and we’re doing a lot of hard work in the week which is paying off on the weekend.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can always learn new things.

“I’ve been lucky to have Huia Edmonds, Scotty Lawson, two internationals in the pack to learn from. I’ve been lucky in that respect.”

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 30 2013, 11:39AM

    At long last, with the signing of Hibbard, Pulasi and Afoa, some decent support alongside and to back-up Gloucester Rugby's best and most talented tight head prop, Rupҽrt Hardҽn. Strange, isn't it, that the self-aggrandising talentless spotter, with his scatter-gun approach of naming every prop from every corner under the sun failed to name our latest signing? On second thoughts, it's not really strange... it was sooooooo predictable because he actually knows nothing. It's like being at a seance every time he makes one of his comments. Is there a Mary in the audience? WINK WINK! WINK WINK!

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  • Geraldo  |  December 30 2013, 11:36AM

    Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • CrunchieMan  |  December 30 2013, 11:34AM

    Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 30 2013, 11:33AM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 30 2013, 11:31AM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • greg_walsh  |  December 30 2013, 11:28AM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 30 2013, 11:26AM

    Harden = Top Man = Top tighthead.

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  • Geraldo  |  December 30 2013, 11:24AM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 29 2013, 7:04PM

    Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 29 2013, 6:48PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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