Sep 20, 2018
Record Breaker: Richard Wigglesworth
It’s been almost 5,800 days since a ‘gobby’, by his own admission, 19-year-old scrum-half first graced a rugby pitch for a Premiership match.
One minute. That’s all Richard Wigglesworth played on his league debut for Sale Sharks against Bath, a match he wasn’t sure even sure he featured in due to not being able to find it in the record books!
Wigglesworth’s venture into rugby as a football-mad child who was pushed into trying a new sport by his father. His first taste of union came at school aged 11 before going on to play for Fylde RFC a year later.
Playing two games most weekends as a junior, it wasn’t until his late teens that the Blackpool-born back realised he could become a professional playing the game he loves. His father’s early alarm clocks as a farmer fuelled his determination to succeed in rugby!
Wiggy’s ‘eggs all in one basket approach’ worked as he muscled his way into a starting berth at Sale in 2003/04, earning his first appearance in a nine shirt, alongside Alex Sanderson at seven, in a 37-37 thriller against Northampton Saints.
Two years later, Wigglesworth won the first silverware of his career, putting a Premiership title on his CV whilst with Sale and it wasn’t to be his last romance with the trophy.
In 2010, he felt it was the right time to leave Edgeley Park and headed to a new home – Saracens.
His debut season at Vicarage Road saw him add another domestic medal to his collection; his third and fourth came in back-to-back campaigns (2014/15, 2015/16).
A record-breaking fifth Premiership success followed for the 35-year-old last term and he is set break another record.
When Wigglesworth trots on to the field on Sunday against Gloucester at Allianz Park, he will overtake Steve Borthwick as the league’s all-time leading appearance holder – a fantastic achievement for an ultimate professional.
Everyone at Saracens would like to congratulate Wiggy on his achievement.