Richard Kingi

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Richard Kingi
Richard Kingi 2011 (cropped).jpg
Kingi during a match for the Rebels, March 2011
Date of birth (1989-03-17) 17 March 1989 (age 31)
Place of birthTauranga, New Zealand
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb; 12 st 13 lb)
SchoolKeebra Park State High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back, Wing, Fullback
Current team Griffith University Knights
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2010 Reds 5 (0)
2011–2013 Rebels 31 (23)
2013–2014 Stade Français 14 (25)
2017–2018 Enisei-STM 3 (0)
Correct as of 1 June 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2009 Australia U20 9 (49)
2009 Australia 1 (0)
Correct as of 1 June 2020
Teams coached
Years Team
2019– Griffith University Knights (assistant)
Correct as of 1 June 2020

Richard Kingi (born 17 March 1989 in Tauranga, New Zealand) is an Australian professional Rugby union footballer.[1] While his usual position is half back, he often plays on the wing[2] and sometimes at fullback.


Brought up in Te Puke near the Bay of Plenty, Kingi's family moved to Australia when he was 15 years old.[3]

He played for Sunnybank rugby club, before going onto representative football that included the Queensland U19s, U20s, the IRB Junior World Championships and the Australian Sevens. He travelled with the Wallabies spring tour of Japan and Great Britain in 2009, and made his Wallabies debut against the Cardiff Blues.[1][4]

In 2009–10 Kingi was reserve halfback for the Queensland Reds, behind Will Genia.[5] He signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels in March 2010,[6] and in 2011 his competitors for the Rebels halfback role were Nick Phipps, and former Wallaby Sam Cordingley.[7]

In October 2010, Kingi was named as one of 12 uncapped players in the Wallabies' 40-man squad to train for its tour of Hong Kong and Europe.[8] When he wasn't required for Wallabies training he travelled to Lorne to be part of the Rebels' pre-season team-building activities.[9]

Griffith university colleges knights[edit]

As of the 2019 season Kingi has signed on as Backs coach and Fly Half for the Knights in the Gold Coast District Rugby Union competition. As of 18 May he has led them to 6 wins from 6 appearances. He has also been instrumental in the Knights Women's 7's program acting as Coach and Mentor for the girls.

Personal life and relatives[edit]

Kingi and his wife Sharna are parents of five children.[10] His cousin Tanerau Latimer is a Chiefs flanker, New Zealand Maori representative[11] and former All Black.


  1. ^ a b "Richard Kingi profile". Wallabies 2009. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  2. ^ Zavos, Spiro (5 February 2011). "Macqueen on war footing to ensure Rebels hit ground running". The Age. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Kiwi-born halfback bolts into Wallabies". TVNZ. Television New Zealand. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  4. ^ Tucker, Jim (25 November 2009). "Wallabies get win in Cardiff". The Daily Telegraph. News. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  5. ^ Smith, Wayne (12 March 2010). "Former Wallaby Sam Cordingley approached to join Melbourne Rebels". The Australian. News. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  6. ^ Tucker, Jim (21 March 2010). "Kiwi-born Reds halfback Richard Kingi clinches a two-year Rebels deal". Courier Mail. News. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  7. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (1 October 2010). "Mentor Cordingley to take on young guns". The Age. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  8. ^ Warren, Adrian (4 April 2009). "Wallabies selectors name 12 uncapped players in training squad for spring tour". The Daily Telegraph. News. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  9. ^ Rebels Media Unit (10 October 2010). "Rebels take to the field" (Press release). Rebels. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  10. ^ SS Management
  11. ^ "Richard Kingi profile". Queensland Reds. Queensland Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 March 2010.

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