Ryan Bailey (rugby league)

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Ryan Bailey
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Bailey with the Leeds Rhinos in 2012
Personal information
Born (1984-11-11) 11 November 1984 (age 33)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 17 st 2 lb (109 kg; 240 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–14 Leeds Rhinos 307 20 0 0 80
2015 Hull Kingston Rovers 1 1 0 0 4
2015 Castleford Tigers 6 1 0 0 4
2016 Warrington Wolves 15 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Toronto Wolfpack 8 2 0 0 8
2018– Workington Town 1 0 0 0 0
Total 338 24 0 0 96
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 England 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Great Britain 4 0 0 0 0
As of 19 February 2018
Source: [2][3][4][5]

Ryan Bailey (born 11 November 1984) is an English rugby league footballer for Workington Town of League 1. A Great Britain and England international representative prop forward, he played the majority of his club career at the Leeds Rhinos, making over 300 appearances and winning six Super League championships and three World Club Challenges with the club. After leaving Leeds, Bailey played for Hull Kingston Rovers, Castleford Tigers and the Warrington Wolves. After Super League his playing career continued in League 1 with the newly formed Canadian club, Toronto Wolfpack.


Bailey was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England on 11 November 1984. He is of Jamaican heritage.[6]

Playing career[edit]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

Bailey made his Super League début for Leeds in 2002 at age 18.[7] In July 2003, he was found guilty of brawling in the street in Leeds, and was sent to a young offenders' institution for nine months.[8]

Bailey played for the Leeds Rhinos at prop forward in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. He was then selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia Bailey played from the interchange bench in the Lions' 44–4 loss. On 23 December 2004 the Rugby Football League fined Bailey along with Leeds' teammate Keith Senior £1,500 each after they tested positive to the banned stimulant ephedrine.[9]

As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Bailey played at prop forward in Leeds' 39–32 victory. He played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final at prop forward in their loss against Hull F.C..[10] Bailey played for the Leeds Rhinos at prop forward in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls. He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens.[11]

Bailey played from the interchange bench for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final which was lost to Wigan.

In 2014, Leeds held a testimonial game for Bailey against London Broncos.[12] On 8 May 2014 he made his 300th career appearance for the Leeds Rhinos.

Hull KR[edit]

In 2015 Bailey moved to Hull Kingston Rovers. He was not fit enough to play former club Leeds Rhinos in the opening game of the season but went on to score on his début the week after. In March it was announced Bailey had been released because of personal issues after only playing one game for the club.

Castleford Tigers[edit]

A month later he joined the Castleford Tigers for the remainder of the season where he rejoined former coach Daryl Powell. He played six games and scored one try before being released at the end of the season.

Warrington Wolves[edit]

In November 2015 Warrington Wolves announced the signing of Bailey on a one-year contract for the 2016 season. There, he would play under Tony Smith again with whom he won two Grand Finals with at Leeds.

Bailey publicly opened up about his struggle with depression in 2016.[13]

Toronto Wolfpack[edit]

Ahead of the 2017 season, Bailey signed for newcomers to Rugby League Toronto. He made his debut for the new club in a 80 points to nil victory over North Wales. He then went on to play in seven more games that year and helped in securing the Wolfpack's league triumph and subsequent promotion at the first time of asking. Shortly after the conclusion of a doping case against him, Bailey was one of three players who left the club by mutual consent after a pre-season training camp.[14]

Doping case[edit]

Bailey was charged with "evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection" during a routine drugs testing session at Toronto's Lamport Stadium on 30 May 2017. An arbitration panel appointed by the UK National Anti-Doping Panel concluded that Bailey had committed an anti-doping rule violation, but that the exceptional circumstances of the case were such that there was no fault or negligence to be apportioned to Bailey and therefore no suspension under the anti-doping rules should be applied. The panel heard evidence, including psychiatric evidence, over three days and heard that Bailey had during the testing process, developed a genuine, if unjustified, belief that the water offered to him by the testing officials was contaminated in some way.[15] The panel also noted that Bailey did take a drugs test three days after the original incident that was negative and stressed that they did not consider Bailey a cheat or someone trying to cover up drug taking.[15] The case is believed to be the first case where a player who has refused to take a test has not been punished.[15]


  1. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ Rugby League Project
  4. ^ England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  5. ^ Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  6. ^ http://www.rleague.com/db/article.php?id=25817
  7. ^ "Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles". Mail Online. UK: Associated Newspapers. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rugby league stars jailed". BBC News. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Fisher, Michael (24 December 2004). "More education crucial as trio fail drugs test". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Leeds 62 London Broncos 10". Sporting Life. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  13. ^ https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/488298/Warrington-Ryan-Bailey-hit-rock-bottom-quit-rugby-league
  14. ^ "Toronto Wolfpack part ways with Dave Taylor, Fuifui Moimoi reportedly following off-field incident". News Corp Australia. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  15. ^ a b c "Ryan Bailey: Ex-England & Great Britain prop avoids ban after 'landmark' drugs case". BBC Sport. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 

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