|Intro||Welsh rugby union player|
|Is||Athlete Rugby union player|
|Birth||5 October 1987, Hunterville, Manawatū-Whanganui Region, New Zealand|
Hadleigh William Parkes (born 5 October 1987) is a New Zealand-born Welsh international rugby union player, whose favoured position is at centre. He currently plays for Scarlets in the Pro14. Parkes also has a successful BBC sport rugby union column.
Parkes made his provincial debut in 2010 for Manawatu. In 2011, he relocated to Auckland and in 2012 made his debut with the Blues.
After one season with the Blues, he joined the Southern Kings for the 2013 season on a one-year contract. After being an unused substitute in the Southern Kings' first ever game against the Western Force, he did make his debut for them by coming off the bench in their second game of the season against the Sharks and then started in their next three games. However, he suffered a broken arm in the Kings' match against the Hurricanes in Wellington and was out of action for more than three months. He made his return for the final match of the season, starting as a winger against the Sharks. He also played in both 2013 Super Rugby promotion/relegation matches, failing to help the Kings retain their Super Rugby status.
He made his first of two appearances in the South African domestic Currie Cup competition in the opening fixture of the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season, when he started the match against the Pumas.
He returned to New Zealand after the Super Rugby promotion/relegation matches to captain Auckland in the 2013 ITM Cup.
Scarlets After the end of the 2014 ITM Cup season, Parkes moved to the Scarlets, one of the four professional Welsh regional teams. He was reunited with former Auckland head coach Wayne Pivac at the West Wales region. Parkes made his debut off the bench in a European Rugby Champions Cup match against Ulster. His first start came two weeks later in the West Wales derby against the Ospreys. Parkes scored his first Scarlets try against Munster, and he was also awarded man of the match for his performance in that game.Then in 2016/2017 season he and the scarlets won the pro 14 title with a win over Munster. That earned him a permanent place at centre for the scarlets. His good form at the start of the 2017/2018 season earned him his first Wales cap under the 3 year residence rule.He player a huge part in scarlets coming 1st in the pro 14 and reaching the final losing to Leinster who they also lost to in the champions cup semi finals which Leinster won.Despite Wales having big success in 2018/2019 the scarlets struggled and came 4th missing out on a pro14 play off spots and missing out on the champions cup for the first time in years. Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac departed for Wales with fellow New Zealander Brad Mooar coming in but Parkes and his fellow Wales team mates have not played much of the 2019/2020 because of 2019 World Cup and 2020 six nations.In April 2020 Parkes is set to leave scarlets to join Japan team Panasonic Wild knights which would end his Wales and scarlets career.
Wales He earned his first Wales cap v South Africa and scoring two tries which earned him the man of the match award.His good form earned him a place in Wales 2018 six nations squad and played in every game also scoring his first competitive Wales try v Italy in the third minute.he became a mainstay in the Wales team being the most consistent players he was nominated for six nations player of the tournament in 2019 which won by fellow Wales team mate Alun wyn Jones after Wales had won their first six nations and grand slam title since 2012.he scored one try against Ireland at the principality stadium in Cardiff in the game which Wales won the grand slam. In 2019 he was called up for Wales 2019 rugby World Cup squad where a he scored one try v Australia and played in 6 of the 7 games at the World Cup with Wales coming 4th Losing to winners South Africa in the semi finals.He then got his first call up under new Wales boss Wayne Pivac who replaced fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland Parkes despite not scoring any tries was one of Wales star men yet again at centre.
Parkes was selected in the Wales national team for the 2017 Autumn International fixtures and made his debut in the final match against South Africa on 2 December 2017, after he became eligible under the three years residence criteria; he played at inside centre and was named man of the match after scoring two tries. His form in the Autumn Internationals and for Scarlets saw him selected to start against Scotland, England, Ireland and Italy in the 2018 Six Nations Championship, scoring a try and earning the man of the match award against Italy. On Saturday 16 March 2019 he scored Wales's only try in the second minute of their 25-7 Grand Slam victory over Ireland in Cardiff, courtesy of a crafty chip over the Irish defence from fly-half and fellow New Zealander Gareth Anscombe.