Hibbard not bitter about Wales snub

Experienced Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard is refusing to be bitter about being overlooked by Wales for their upcoming internationals.

The former British and Irish Lions front-row, who last ran out for his country almost two years ago, plays his rugby in the Premiership.

Not playing in the PRO12 for one of the four Welsh regions has arguably impacted on his chances at Test level, but with Ken Owens in the 2017 Lions squad, it was a shock not to see Hibbard make the Wales touring party, particularly as it is a group lacking in experience.

"There are some good players in my position – one (Ken Owens) has just been selected for the British and Irish Lions," Hibbard told Sky Sports as he refused to be upset by the recent decision.

"All I can do is concentrate on my club and really perform for them."

He added: "You never turn your back on your country. If you are a true supporter of your country, you would never turn your back on them.

"I am no spring chicken and I think they have got one eye on the next crop of players.

"It's one of those things. I will never be bitter or unhappy if it (his Test career) has ended, I am always glad it happened.

"I am glad I had the opportunity and I am glad I played in those games against the best teams in the world."

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