Richard Fa'aoso

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Fa'aoso playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Lisiate Richard Fa'aoso[1]
Nickname Richie,[2] Fuss[3]
Born (1984-05-08) 8 May 1984 (age 30)
Aspley, Queensland, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004 Penrith Panthers 10 2 0 0 8
2005 Sydney Roosters 21 1 0 0 4
2006 Castleford Tigers 26 5 0 0 20
2007 Parramatta Eels 1 0 0 0 0
2008–12 Newcastle Knights 99 12 0 0 48
2012 Melbourne Storm 6 0 0 0 0
2013 Manly-Warringah 18 0 0 0 0
Total 181 20 0 0 80
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–13 Tonga 9 4 0 0 8
As of 27 February 2014
Source: RLP

Richard Fa'aoso (born 8 May 1984) is an Australian-Tongan former professional rugby league footballer. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League and the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He primarily played prop, second-row and lock.

Playing career[edit]

Penrith Panthers[edit]

Born in Aspley, Queensland to parents of Tongan and Samoan Descent, Fa'aoso played his junior football for Norths Aspley before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.

In Round 14 of the 2004 NRL season, Fa'aoso made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Sydney Roosters[edit]

In 2005, he joined the Sydney Roosters and played 21 games for them during the year.

Castleford Tigers[edit]

In 2006, Fa'aoso played for the Castleford Tigers in the English Super League, who signed him after their promotion in 2005.

Parramatta Eels[edit]

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.

Newcastle Knights[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Melbourne Storm[edit]

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."[5] 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.”[6]

On 30 September 2012, Fa'aoso came off the bench in the Melbourne Storm's 2012 NRL Grand Final win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. He played a total of 6 games for the club.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles[edit]

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.

Towards the end of the 2013 NRL season, Fa'aoso broke his neck. In February 2014, doctors advised him never to play Rugby league again. He subsequently announced his retirement from Rugby league.[7]

Representative career[edit]

Fa'aoso made his international debut for Tonga in 2006, playing 4 tests.

In August 2008, Fa'aoso was named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[8] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man Tonga squad.[9]

Fa'aoso was again selected for the Tongan national team in 2009 for the Pacific Cup. He was named Tongan player of the year for 2009.[10]

On April 20 2013, Fa'aoso played for Tonga in their Pacific Rugby League International match with fierce Pacific rivals Samoa.

Personal life[edit]

Fa'aoso is of Tongan descent. His father is half Tongan and Samoan while his mother is Australian of European descent.[11]

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