|Fa'aoso playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2009.|
|Full name||Lisiate Richard Fa'aoso|
8 May 1984 |
Aspley, Queensland, Australia
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||108 kg (17 st 0 lb)|
|Position||Prop, Second-row, Lock|
|As of 26 April 2015|
Richard Fa'aoso (born 8 May 1984) is a Tongan Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League. He has previously played for the Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL and the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He primarily plays prop, second-row and lock.
In 2005, he joined the Sydney Roosters and played 21 games for them during the year.
In 2007, he returned to Australia, signing with The Parramatta Eels for 3 years. He was touted as a replacement for departing Eel Michael Vella who left the Eels to join Super League club Hull KR in 2007.
After 2007, Fa'aoso was released to sign a 2-year deal with the recently cleaned out, Brian Smith-coached Newcastle Knights. During 2008, Fa'aoso became a permanent first-grader for Newcastle, earning a new 3-year contract for the Knights after making 45 appearances and scoring 7 tries for the club. Fa'aoso made another 46 appearances, scoring 3 tries during 2010 and 2011, making the Knights the club that he has spent the most time with.
In 2012 Wayne Bennett took over as coach of the Knights and at the halfway stage of the season Fa'aoso had only made 8 appearances for the team. He was told that he wouldn't be re-signed for 2013 after 99 games and wouldn't be stopped if he were to find a new club to join mid-season before the 30 June transfer deadline.
On 27 June 2012, Fa'aoso traveled to Melbourne to have a fitness test in order to sign with the Melbourne Storm for the remainder of the 2012 season. He officially signed with the Storm later that afternoon. The Storm's General Manager of Football Operations, Frank Ponissi, said the signing of Fa’aoso was a welcome addition to the their NRL squad : "We see Richie’s signing as a chance to bring some further experience and strength to our roster." Fa'aoso left the Knights as a fan favourite, playing 99 games and scoring 12 tries. Fa'aoso said about the move “I have had a ball at the Knights and I will always have great mates here, I thank the Knights for the opportunity and to everyone for their efforts; the coaches, my teammates, the trainers, just everyone at the Club for all they have done for me. Wayne (Bennett) was great to give me a chance at the start of the season and I am disappointed I was unable to make the most of it. I also want to say thank you to all of the Knights fans for your support. The time is right for me to move on and I wish the Knights all the best for the rest of the season and beyond.”
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
On 10 July 2012, just 13 days after signing with Melbourne, Fa'aoso signed a 2-year deal with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles starting in 2013, despite not yet having played a game for the Melbourne Storm.
Parramatta Eels second stint
In September 2014, Fa'aoso was cleared for a shock comeback to the NRL from his broken neck. On 30 October 2014, he signed a 1-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting in 2015. However the NRL did not register the contact, after Fa'aoso could not secure adequate insurance cover for his return.
On 2 April 2015, Fa'aoso was cleared to return to the playing field. He made his return in Round 7 of the 2015 NRL season against his former team Newcastle Knights. Shortly after getting on the field, Fa'aoso suffered a concussion from a head knock and was taken off, he subsequently failed the concussion test and was ruled out for the remainder of the match.
Fa'aoso made his international debut for Tonga in 2006, playing 4 tests.
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