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INTERVIEW: Richard Hardwick - Perth Spirit

  • INTERVIEW: Richard Hardwick - Perth Spirit

[quote]When the Wallaby guys have been here they’ve shown their experience and shared their knowledge in their game and what not. They’ve been of real good help. [/quote]

With the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) only just around the corner, the Perth Spirit squad have been training in full swing.

The Spirit squad consists of 40 players, with half coming from the Western Force and half coming from the PINDAN Premier Grade.

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We spoke with Richard Hardwick, a University of Western Australia Rugby Club (UWA) back rower, who was named in the Spirit squad and has been training with them recently.

Hardwick started at openside flanker for the UWA squad who won the PINDAN Premier Grade grand final on the weekend.

He said the NRC competition will be a big step-up from the Premier Grade, and he is very much looking forward to playing with the team.

“It’ll be interesting. They will definitely some more experienced Western Force players in there to sort of help out the club players so we can learn off the them and better our game, as we will be living up to their expectations,” he said.

“The coaches have sorted out a good team and a good environment that we can step up into. It puts that little bit more pressure on you to perform at a higher level.”

Commenting on last weekends Premier Grade grand final win, Hardwick said it will definitely be a boost of confidence for him and his UWA teammates.

“It’s really important when playing rugby that you’re confident with how you’re going. It just gives that extra step, that extra confidence to go through into the next competition.”

With the inclusion of experienced lock Sam Wykes in the Perth Spirits standards group, Hardwick commented on Wykes, saying he really pushes the younger players to better themselves.

“He’s always showing you around the park in training, he’s got great chat and you feel real comfortable when you’re out there in the training field with him and I’m sure that will move onto playing games with him,” he said.

“He really knows how to play and he knows the younger players and how to just push them that little bit better to better themselves.”

Hardwick, like many other players will use the NRC as a stepping-stone in his rugby career, hoping it will lead to bigger and better things.

“It’ll be a stepping-stone for my rugby career to come. The coaches have sorted out a good team and a good environment that we can step up into.

“It just puts that little bit more pressure on you to perform at a higher level.

“In terms of players I’d love to play with definitely Heath Tessman, Rory Walton, he’s a great young up and coming player, and Kyle Godwin, I’ve only played against him and watched him play so it’ll be nice to play with someone with that experience.

“When the Wallaby guys have been here they’ve shown their experience and shared their knowledge in their game and what not. They’ve been of real good help.”

The Perth Spirits first game will be played against Brisbane City at the University of Western Australia on August 31 2014.

Also, incase you missed it; here is a full list of the Perth Spirit standards group, as per RugbyWA.com.au.

2014 Perth Spirit – Standards Group

Name

Position

Club

Kyle

Godwin

Centre

Associates/Western Force

Luke

Morahan

Wing/fullback

Kalamunda/Western Force

Heath

Tessmann

Hooker

Nedlands/Western Force

Rory

Walton

Lock

Wests Scarborough/Western Force

Sam

Wykes

Lock

Wests Scarborough/Western Force

Alby

Mathewson*

N/A

Kalamunda/Western Force

*non-playing member

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