Former Wigan, St Helens prop Ricky Bibey dies aged 40 | Rugby Union News

Last updated: 17/07/22 12:02 pm

Ricky Bibey plays for Wakefield

Ricky Bibey plays for Wakefield

Former Wigan, St Helens and Wakefield prop Ricky Bibey has died aged 40.

Bibey died while on holiday in Italy, one of his former teams has said. The former prop forward came on the scene in 2001, with clubs paying tribute to the player, who had to retire in 2012 due to injury.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of the former Saint Ricky Bibey,” St Helens wrote on Twitter. “Ricky played for us 21 times and was part of the 2004 Challenge Cup winning squad that defeated Wigan.

“All our thoughts are with Ricky’s friends and family at this terrible time.”

Another former club Wakefield Trinity posted their condolences on Twitter.

“Trinity is saddened to hear of the passing of former prop forward Ricky Bibey,” they said. Ricky played for Trinity between 2007 and 2009 and made 60 appearances.

“We extend our condolences to Ricky’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

During a memorable career that also included playing for Leigh Centurions and Oldham, Binbey won the Challenge Cup twice.