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5 February 1973 |
Forster, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Second-row, Centre|
Source: Rugby League Project
Luke Ricketson (born 5 February 1973, in Forster, New South Wales ) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s. An Australian and Ireland international, and New South Wales State of Origin representative back-row forward, he played his entire club football career for the Sydney Roosters of the NRL.
Son of former Easts player, Doug Ricketson, his family moved to Bondi from Forster when he was one year old. He started playing junior rugby league at seven for Bondi United. He was then graded with Eastern Suburbs as a local junior, debuting in first grade in 1991.
Ricketson started out his First Grade career as a centre, and gradually moved closer to the action in the middle of the field as his career went on, generally playing in the centres until he was moved into the second row in 1996.
In 2002, Ricketson broke the record held by Roosters club legend Kevin Hastings (217) for the most club appearances. As of 2014, Ricketson's eventual 301 caps, achieved upon his retirement in 2005, still stands as the club record.
Ricketson played for the Roosters at lock forward in their 2002 NRL Grand Final victory against the New Zealand Warriors. Having won the 2002 NRL Premiership, the Roosters travelled to England to play the 2003 World Club Challenge against Super League champions, St Helens R.F.C.. Ricketson played at lock forward in Sydney's victory.
In the 2003 NRL grand final, he played at lock forward for the Roosters in their loss to the Panthers.
Ricketson retired from rugby league after the 2005 NRL season having played 301 games for the Roosters, the last season as captain.
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Ricketson made his debut for Australia in 2003 playing in two tests at lock against New Zealand. After that he was selected to go on the 2003 Kangaroo tour, on which he played all three tests against Great Britain as Australia retained The Ashes winning all three games. Ricketson scored two tries in the last test at the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield.
He appeared on the fourth series on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.