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Richard 'Richie' Eyres (born 7 December 1966) is an English-born former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He played international rugby league for Great Britain, England and Wales, and at club level for Widnes St. Maries ARLFC, Widnes (two spells), Leeds, Warrington Wolves, Sheffield Eagles and Swinton Lions, as a second-row, or loose forward, and club level rugby union for Neath and Coventry.[1][4]

Richie Eyres
Personal information
Full nameRichard Eyres
Born (1966-12-07) 7 December 1966 (age 52)
Widnes, England
Playing information
Rugby league
PositionSecond-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–93 Widnes 296 60 1 2
1993–97 Leeds 66 17 0 0 68
1997(loan) Sheffield Eagles 5 0 0 0 0
1997 Warrington Wolves 8 0 0 0 0
1998 Swinton Lions
1999 Widnes Vikings
Total 375 77 1 2 68
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992 England 1 0 0 0 0
1995–99 Wales 8 2 0 0 8
1993–98 Great Britain 9 2 0 0 8
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–97 Neath RFC
Coventry R.F.C.
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3]

BackgroundEdit

Richie Eyres was born in Widnes, Lancashire, England, he has Welsh ancestors, and eligible to play for Wales due to the grandparent rule.[citation needed]

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Richie Eyres won a cap for England while at Widnes in 1992 against Wales,[2] won caps for Wales while at Leeds in 1995 against England, France, and in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, against France, Western Samoa, and England, and while at Swinton in 1998 against England, and in 1999 against Ireland, and Scotland, and won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1989 against France (interchange/substitute), in 1991 against France (twice, once as a substitute), in 1992 in the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup against France (interchange/substitute), and Australia (interchange/substitute), in 1993 against France (2 matches), and while at Leeds in 1993 against New Zealand (interchange/substitute) (2 matches).[3]

Eyres is unusual in having initially represented England and then gone onto represent Wales.

Eyres played and scored a try in Widnes' 30–18 victory over Canberra Raiders in the 1989 World Club Challenge at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday 4 October 1989.

FamilyEdit

Eyres is the brother of the rugby league wing, and scrum-half of the 1980s and 1990s for Widnes, Keighley Cougars and Rochdale Hornets; Andy Eyres.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.

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