Richard Whiting (rugby league)

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Richard Whiting
Richard Whiting Toronto Wolfpack.jpg
Personal information
Born (1984-12-20) December 20, 1984 (age 32)
Featherstone, Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[1]
Weight 15 st 10 lb (100 kg)[1]
Playing information
Position Centre, Fullback, Stand-off, Lock, Second-row, Loose forward, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003 Featherstone Rovers 18 2 6 0 20
2004–16 Hull F.C. 258 76 30 2 366
2014 Doncaster (DR) 3 2 0 0 4
2016 Leigh Centurions 15 2 0 0 8
2017– Toronto Wolfpack 5 0 0 0 0
Total 299 82 36 2 398
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–06 England 3 1 0 0 4
As of 26 March 2017
Source: [2]

Richard Whiting is an English professional rugby league footballer for Toronto Wolfpack. Previously playing in the Championship for Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions, he spent most of his professional career in Super League with Hull F.C., with whom he won the 2005 Challenge Cup and was named Super League's Young Player of the Year in 2005. Able to play in a variety of positions, he is considered a utility player.

Early life[edit]

Whiting was a promising association football player as a youngster and was signed to a scholarship with Barnsley FC as a 16-year-old before deciding to pursue a career in rugby league.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Featherstone Rovers[edit]

Whiting began his career with Featherstone Rovers in National League One, being named the league's Young Player of the Year in 2003,[citation needed] before moving to Super League club Hull.


Whiting playing for Hull FC

Whiting joined Hull F.C. in 2004. In 2005 he made 24 appearances during the season and also won the league's Young Player of the Year.[citation needed] Whiting played for Hull at centre in the 2005 Challenge Cup final, scoring a try in the victory over Leeds. Hull reached the 2006 Super League Grand final against St. Helens and Whiting played from the substitutes' bench in his side's 4-26 loss.[3]

Whiting also represented England in three matches between 2004 and 2006.[4]

Whiting continued to be a regular in the Hull FC team, filling in a multitude of roles and positions and earning a reputation as one of the most reliable players in the league.[5] In 2014, he was awarded a testimonial to mark 10 years with the club.[6]


In 2016, Richard moved to Leigh on a 2-month loan after falling down the pecking order. He made his debut for Leigh in the 24-20 win over London Broncos. In April 2016 Whiting signed for Leigh on a permanent basis, ending his 12-year stint at Hull.


Whiting joined the Toronto Wolfpack ahead of their inaugural season.[citation needed]