Richard Wigglesworth becomes third and final inductee to Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame

Richard Wigglesworth holds the record for the most Premiership Rugby appearances with 322 games
Richard Wigglesworth holds the record for the most Premiership Rugby appearances with 322 games

Former England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth becomes the third and final player to be inducted into the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame.

He now joins the likes of Paul Sackey and Danny Grewcock, who were the first two inductees into the Hall of the Fame.

The 40-year-old started his career with Sale Sharks in 2002 and after making over 150 appearances for them he moved to Saracens. He spent most of his career with Saracens featuring in 250 games while winning five Premiership titles, three European triumphs and an Anglo-Welsh Cup title.

With 322 games, he holds the record for the most Premiership Rugby appearances.

He made a switch to Leicester in 2020 and won a Premiership title in the 2021/22 season. He retired during the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season to become Leicester Tigers head coach after Steve Borthwick took in charge of England.

Wigglesworth played 33 times for England in an international career that spanned over 10 years and is currently part of their coaching panel.

“To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a really special moment for me and my family," he told in a statement released.

“I’m very proud to receive this honour as I loved competing for all those years in the Premiership. I just absolutely loved what I did, I was very ambitious and wanted to win with my mates and help the teams that I played in. So I am also lucky to do the job that I do now and still be around rugby.

“But nothing will ever be close to putting everything in as a player every week and enjoying that process along the way. The first title with every club was always special. The first with Sale Sharks, a northern club that was closest to where I grew up – winning the title when I was just 21 with all of my mates.

“Then I took a big leap to move to Saracens after nine years at Sale. Sarries evolved from that South African influence to a group of young English lads who had come through the Academy together. And then to finish it with Leicester Tigers and beat a team that I played for, and who hadn’t lost a final in a long time, was unbelievable.

“To cap it all off, winning it again with Leicester was thanks to a remarkable turnaround under Steve Borthwick – we packed so much into such a short space of time to win the Premiership.”

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