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Hadleigh Parkes
Hadleigh Parkes
DOB5th Oct 1987
BirthplaceHunterville, N Zealand
Height1.88 m (6' 2")
Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb)
PositionCentre
Club/RegionScarlets
Test HonoursWales (29 caps)
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As far as international debuts are concerned, Hadleigh Parkes’ was a bit special. Having spent three years at the Scarlets qualifying to play for Wales the Hunterville, New Zealand-born centre literally burst onto the Test scene against South Africa in the final game of the 2017 Under Armour Series at Principality Stadium.

He scored within seven minutes of his first game in a Welsh shirt, bagged a second try later in the first half and carried off the Man of the Match award after helping Wales to beat the Boks 24-22. Not a bad start for a player who had only been drafted into the Welsh squad for the four match autumn campaign a month earlier.

He wasn’t available for selection until 2 December, but Warren Gatland gave him his chance at the earliest opportunity and neither coach nor player has looked back since.

When he left the family sheep farm in New Zealand with his now wife, Suzanne, the former Manawatu, Auckland Blues, Wellington Hurricanes and Southern Kings centre wasn’t thinking about anything other than doing a good job for his former Auckland coach, Wayne Pivac, at the Scarlets.

He did that and more for the Welsh region and in more than 100 appearances for the Llanelli-based side has helped them to win the Guinness PRO14 (2016), reach a second final (2017) and play in a Champions Cup semi-final (2017). A vital cog in the Welsh back line, he started four of the five Grand Slam matches in 2019, scoring a vital try in the clincher against Ireland, and featured in 11 of the record run of 14 successive victories in 2018-19.
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
11/08/2019
England







68
17/08/2019
England







76
07/09/2019
Ireland
1





5
80
23/09/2019
Georgia







80
29/09/2019
Australia
1





5
70
09/10/2019
Fiji







80
13/10/2019
Uruguay







80
20/10/2019
France







80
27/10/2019
South Africa







80
01/11/2019
New Zealand







18
01/02/2020
Italy







54
08/02/2020
Ireland







80
22/02/2020
France







80
07/03/2020
England







80
Total Played 14 2
0
0
0
0
0
10
1006
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2019-2020 - Guinness Six Nations
Wales
4







2019-2020 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
6 +1
1





5
2019-2020 - Test Matches
Wales
3
1





5
2019-2020 Total

13 +1
2





10
2018-2019 - Guinness Six Nations
Wales
4
1





5
2018-2019 - Test Matches
Wales
3







2018-2019 Total

7
1





5
2017-2018 - Six Nations
Wales
5
1





5
2017-2018 - Test Matches
Wales
2 +1
2





10
2017-2018 Total

7 +1
3





15
Total - Guinness Six Nations

13
2





10
Total - Rugby World Cup

6 +1
1





5
Total - British & Irish Lions Tour

8 +1
3





15
Total

27 +2
6
0
0
0
0
0
30
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