Wales v Fiji: Rested Richard Hibbard released to Gloucester

Richard Hibbard in action for Wales against Australia
Autumn internationals: Wales v Fiji
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Sat 15 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 14:00 GMT; live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles.

Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has been released to Gloucester for the Premiership match with Harlequins.

But there has been no deal with the English club to release the former Ospreys player for the Test against South Africa on 29 November.

The game is outside the International Rugby Board window and teams outside Wales do not have to release players.

"He's been released back and he's on the bench for Gloucester," said Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards.

Hibbard started in the 33-28 defeat against Australia in the opening autumn Test match.

Wales' autumn Tests
Saturday, 8 November: Wales 28-33 Australia - report
Saturday, 15 November: v Fiji (14:30 GMT)
Saturday, 22 November: v New Zealand (17:30 GMT)
Saturday, 29 November: v South Africa (14:30 GMT)
All games to be played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

He is rested for the match against Fiji on Saturday, 15 November, but will return to the Wales squad for the visit of the All Blacks the following week.

That match is followed by a Test against the Springboks when only George North of the English-based players will be available for selection.

North negotiated his own personal release for Wales duties when he joined Northampton from Scarlets in April, 2013.

Saints were fined a one-off £60,000 by Premiership Rugby in December 2013, after North played for Wales against Australia outside the 2013 autumn window.

However Hibbard, Paul James (Bath) and Bradley Davies (London Wasps) will not be allowed to play for Wales.

The Wales team management have negotiated the release of France-based players Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips, Luke Charteris and Jonathan Davies for the Springboks match.

But Edwards said no deal had been done with the English clubs, saying: "It's a bit different in the Premiership isn't it."

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