Stefan Ratchford

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Stefan Ratchford
Stefan Ratchford Salford.jpg
Personal information
Full nameStefanRatchford[1]
Born (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 30)
Wigan, England
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[2]
Weight13 st 8 lb (86 kg)[2]
Playing information
PositionFullback, Stand-off, Centre, Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–11 Salford City Reds 78 25 23 0 146
2012– Warrington Wolves 210 77 203 2 716
Total 288 102 226 2 862
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 England 5 2 0 0 8
As of 14 October 2018
Source: [3][4]

Stefan Guy Ratchford (born 19 July 1988) is an English rugby league footballer who plays for the Warrington Wolves in the European Super League. An England international representative fullback and wing, he previously played for the Salford City Reds between 2007 and 2011. Throughout his career Ratchford has played as a fullback, wing, centre, stand-off, scrum-half and loose forward.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Stefan Ratchford was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. He started playing rugby league at the age of six, initially playing junior rugby for Wigan St Cuthberts before later switching to Wigan St Patricks.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Ratchford signed with Salford City Reds in 2005, and made his first team début for the club in 2007 in a fourth round Challenge Cup match against Gateshead Thunder.[6] In 2008, following the club's relegation to National League One, Ratchford established himself as a regular first team player. He formed an effective halfback partnership alongside Richie Myler,[5] helping the team win the Northern Rail Cup, and the Division One Grand Final. Ratchford was named in the England squad for 2009 Four Nations,[7] but did not appear in any games during the tournament. At the end of the 2011 season, Ratchford rejected a new contract offer from Salford and joined Warrington Wolves.[6] He also made two appearances for the England Knights in 2011 and 2012. Ratchford signed a new deal in 2014 keeping him at the Warrington club until 2018.[8]

During Warrington's defeat to Wigan Warriors in the 2018 Super League Grand Final Ratchford was voted winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy making him only the fourth recipient of the award to have played for the losing side.[9]

Honours[edit]

2012
2016

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Ratchford set up a business with former Salford City Reds team mate Matty Smith called Future Stars, which runs coaching sessions for junior rugby league players.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefan Ratchford". Companies House. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Stefan Ratchford". rugby-league.com. Rugby Football League. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ratchford playing for his Salford future". Manchester Evening News. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Warrington Wolves complete Stefan Ratchford signing". BBC Sport. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ mirror Administrator (17 September 2009). "Salford's Stefan Ratchford the surprise name in England squad". mirror.
  8. ^ "Stefan Ratchford has 'unfinished business' at Warrington Wolves". Warrington Guardian.
  9. ^ "Mixed fortunes for Ratchford". Rugby Leaguer & League Express (3, 143). 15 October 2018. p. 15.
  10. ^ Wilkinson, Phil (28 April 2016). "Smith: We mean business". Wigan Today. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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