Richard 'Barracuda' Buckman made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 for the Hurricanes after a strong season with the Hawke's Bay Magpies. He only played another two games for the Hurricanes over the 2011 and 2012 Super Rugby Seasons before missing selection in 2013. He was included in the Highlanders 2014 team and burst onto the scene where he played all 17 games for the Highlanders in that season.
Richard is a courageous and hard working player who always puts his body on the line for the team, and this attitude has a big impact on the people around him. He will return to the Highlanders in 2019 after a sojourn in Japan.
He has played in 51 Super Rugby matches and 48 games for the Highlanders including against the British & Irish Lions and the French Barbarians.
Previous Clubs/Provinces: Hawkes Bay, Panasonic Wild Knights (JAP) 17-18, Kobe Steelers (JAP) 18-19.