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Justin Tipuric
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Birth name Justin Tipuric
Date of birth 6 August 1989 (1989-08-06) (age 32)
Place of birth Trebanos, Wales
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
School Cwmtawe Community School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Openside Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2011 Aberavon RFC 32 (20)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Ospreys 168 (145)
Correct as of 15 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013, 2017, 2021
Wales U20
British & Irish Lions
Correct as of 6 May 2021

Justin Tipuric ( tip-Ə-rik; born 6 August 1989) is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays for Wales as an openside flanker.

Early life

Tipuric is of Croatian descent. He grew up in Trebanos.

Club career

Tipuric plays for the Ospreys Welsh regional team, having previously played for Aberavon RFC. His Ospreys debut came as a replacement in an LV= Cup home defeat to Northampton Saints on 5 November, 2009, and he has now played more than 170 times for his home region, including starting in the 2012 Magners League title win over Leinster in Dublin in May, 2012. He was made Ospreys captain for the 2018/19 season.

International career

In June 2011 he was named in the Wales national rugby union team 45 man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but was ultimately left out of the final squad. He made his Wales international debut on 20 August 2011 versus Argentina as a second-half replacement. He was also included in the Wales Rugby Sevens in 10/11.

After his efforts for the Welsh side in the 2013 Six Nations Championship, he was selected by Warren Gatland for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.

In August 2015 Tipuric named to the Welsh national rugby union team 47 man training squad for 2015 Rugby World Cup, and started in the home & away warm-up fixtures against Ireland, scoring tries in both fixtures (the first was nominated for World Rugby Try of the Year) and being named man of the match in the second game. Tipuric was named to the final 31 man squad, and despite his fantastic form entering the tournament, he was dropped from the starting XV in favour of returning captain Sam Warburton. He did however feature in all 5 of Wales' games scoring a try in the win 54-9 against Uruguay national rugby union team, his third successive international with a try.

After being named in the squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship, Tipuric went on to feature in all 5 games, starting alongside longtime rival Sam Warburton against Ireland & Scotland. In the final game against Italy, Tipuric sustained a heavy concussion during a line out which resulted in Tipuric requiring a three-month break from the sport to recover, ruling him out of the summer tour to New Zealand. Following his return from injury Tipuric was included Robert Howley's squad for the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals, going onto start in 3 fixtures including a man of the match try scoring performance versus South Africa.

Tipuric was named in the squad for the 2017 Six Nations Championship, and started in the first fixture versus Italy.

International tries

Try Opponent Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Ireland Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches 8 August 2015 Loss
2  Ireland Dublin, Ireland Lansdowne Road 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches 29 August 2015 Win
3  Uruguay Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 20 September 2015 Win
4  South Africa Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2016 Autumn Internationals 26 November 2016 Win
5  Italy Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2018 Six Nations 11 March 2018 Win
6  Georgia Toyota, Japan Toyota Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup 23 September 2019 Win
7  Ireland Dublin, Ireland Lansdowne Road 2020 Six Nations 8 February 2020 Loss
8  England London, England Twickenham 2020 Six Nations 7 March 2020 Loss
10  Italy Llanelli, Wales Parc y Scarlets Autumn Nations Cup 5 December 2020 Win
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