Wayne Richards

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Wayne Richards
Personal information
Born 2 August 1970
New South Wales
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–94 Newcastle Knights 20 2 0 0 8
1995–96 Illawarra Steelers 41 2 0 0 8
1997–98 Newcastle Knights 31 2 0 0 8
1999 South Sydney Rabbitohs 17 1 0 0 4
Total 109 7 0 0 28
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997 Country NSW

Wayne Richards is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s. A Country New South Wales representative forward, he played his club football in the Newcastle Knights (with whom he won the 1997 ARL premiership), Illawarra Steelers and South Sydney Rabbitohs.


Richards made his first grade debut as a replacement player for the Newcastle Knights in 1991. He remained with the Knights until the end of the 1994 season when he signed with the Illawarra Steelers in search of regular first team appearances. However, after the 1995 season he returned to Newcastle for the start of the 1996 season.


During the 1997 season split between the ARL and the Super League, Richards played for Newcastle (an ARL loyal club). Newcastle went on to win the Grand Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22-16. Richards started the game at second row.


In 1998 Richards was one of three members of the Newcastle Knights 1997 ARL grand final winning side who tested positive for banned steroids (also Adam MacDougall, Robbie O'Davis). Richards pleaded guilty, receiving a 22 match suspension. Richards was the only one of the three players to be sacked by the club.[1]


Richards made a brief comeback with the South Sydney Rabbitohs after serving his suspension but retired at the end of the 1999 season after South Sydney was excluded from the competition.


  1. ^ Staff Reports (30 June 1998). "Rugby". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 13 August 2012.