Richard Swain

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Richard Swain
Richard Swain Hull FC.jpg
Swain playing for Hull in 2007
Personal information
Full name Richard Gregory Swain[1]
Born (1975-07-02) 2 July 1975 (age 42)
New Zealand
Playing information
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997 Hunter Mariners 13 0 4 0 8
1998–02 Melbourne Storm 132 17 12 0 92
2003 Brisbane Broncos 21 0 2 0 4
2004–07 Hull F.C. 94 5 0 0 20
Total 260 22 18 0 124
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–03 New Zealand 19 3 9 0 30

Richard Swain (born 2 July 1975 in Tamworth, New South Wales) is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. A New Zealand international representative Hooker, he played club football in Australia for the Hunter Mariners, Melbourne Storm (with whom he won the 1999 NRL premiership) and Brisbane Broncos and in England for Hull F.C.

Early years[edit]

Swain went to Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth, the same school as former Canberra Raiders captain Alan Tongue & Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Swain made his first grade début in 1997, playing for the new Hunter Mariners club. With the demise of the club at the end of the year he moved south, joining the Melbourne Storm.

Swain never missed a game for the Melbourne Storm from the club's first ever match in round 1, 1998 up until his final game for the club in round 26, 2002.[3] Swain declared his eligibility for New Zealand in 1999 and was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis for that year's ANZAC Test.[4][5]

Swain played at hooker in 1999 NRL Grand Final win against St. George Illawarra. Swain was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played at hooker in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss. Having won the 1999 Premiership, the Melbourne Storm traveled to England to contest the 2000 World Club Challenge against Super League Champions St Helens R.F.C., with Kimmorley playing at hooker in the victory.

Swain went on to play in nineteen tests for his country, including at the 2000 World Cup.

Swain was named the Storm's player of the year in 2001.[6] Swain also the first player in the National Rugby League to top 1,000 Tackles in a season and was also Super League's "Top Tackler" in 2004 with 907 tackles for Hull.[citation needed] He went on the 2002 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France and was the goal-kicker and leading point-scorer of the tour. Swain spent 2003 with the Brisbane Broncos before joining Hull F.C. for four years in the Super League.


Swain played at hooker and was a major part in Hull winning the 2005 Challenge Cup as it was his last gasp charge down of Kevin Sinfeild's drop goal attempt that destroyed Leeds last chance of taking the game to Extra Time.[citation needed] Kevin Sinfield was named Lance Todd Trophy winner 5 minutes from time, when at the time Leed's were winning but most people[who?] believed Richard Swain should have been the man of the match, not just for his charge down but for his efforts throughout the game.[citation needed] Hull reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against St Helens R.F.C. and Swain played at hooker in his side's 4-26 loss.[7] Swain retired halfway through the 2007 season due to a back injury.[8]


  1. ^ SWAIN, RICHARD GREGORY 1999 - 2003 - KIWI #680
  2. ^ "Knights want Farrer as a nursery". The Northern Daily Leader. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Mascord, Steve. "Storm sack best-and-fairest Swain". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Swain says he wants to play for New Zealand AAP Sports News, 23 March 1999
  5. ^ Swain says he wants to play for New Zealand Changing face of New Zealand rugby league AAP Sports News, 22 April 1999
  6. ^ "NRL Honour Board". Club. Melbourne Storm. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "St Helens 26-4 Hull FC". BBC News. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Swain is forced to quit Hull Liverpool Echo, 11 July 2007

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