Ricky Stuart

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Sticky
Born
Wednesday, 7th June, 1967
Current Age
47 years and 105 days
Place Of Birth
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1990
Clive Churchill Medal
1990
Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1993
Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1993
Dally M Player Of The Year
1993
Rothmans Medal

Biography

Remarkably gifted halfback with arguably the best kicking game in the code in the 1990s, Stuart switched to League from the Queanbeyan Whites RU club after representing the Wallabies on their tour of Argentina in 1987 (no Tests). After a slow start, Stuart came into his own as the major tactician in the Raiders' three consecutive grand final appearances (1989-91). His organisational ability, torpedo passes and pinpoint kicking game contributed to the club's premiership success in 1989-90. First runner-up in Dally M Player of the Year voting, Stuart's performance in the 1990 grand final against Penrith not only earned him the Clive Churchill Medal but secured a place on the Kangaroo tour. His form in the early matches saw him selected as five-eighth in the First Test at Wembley, but he regained the halfback position in the Second Test following Australia's shock loss. Stuart turned from villain to hero in the vital match when he took off like a startled rabbit on a 70m run resulting in the winning try to Mal Meninga. (Earlier, he had thrown an intercept pass that led to an unconverted try that tied the match.) Despite battling injuries, he played in all remaining Tests on tour. The 1991 grand final did not see him at his best (due to a groin tear) and he could not reproduce his great kicking game against the Panthers. Stuart played an important role in NSW's Origin success in 1992, but with Allan Langer in brilliant form he was left out of the Test sides. Stuart was selected in the World Cup squad at the end of 1992 and although he did not play in the final, Canberra's fortunes in 1993 rested very much in his hands. In the second last match of the season (ironically, the record-breaking 68-0 thrashing of P’matta), Stuart broke his leg and Canberra lacked the necessary organisation to make an impact in the semi-finals. The champion halfback won the covetted Gold Dally M - Rothmans Medal double that year, highlighting his value in the side. The year 1994 saw Stuart back to his very best, orchestrating NSW's third consecutive State of Origin success and spearheading Canberra's grand final victory. His good form at first was not enough to oust arch-rival Allan Langer from Australia's Test side against France, but following the First Test loss on the Kangaroo Tour, Stuart reclaimed his crown at the scrumbase. Stuart's role in Australia's subsequent Ashes win and the record 74-0 thrashing of France should have left no doubt as to who was the reigning champion halfback in the world. Prior to the start of the 1995 season he was afforded the honour of being named Canberra captain, but was then used as a pawn in the ARL's battle with Super League (his signing was symbolically crucial to the momentum of the breakaway movement). Staying with the Raiders, his rep career stalled because of the Super League war and a succession of injuries (not least of which was a life-threatening virus that sidelined him in the early part of 1998). Given the lengths Canberra went to retain its star players, it was strangely ironic that club Chief Executive Kevin Neil allowed Stuart and clubmate Bradley Clyde to leave the club at the end of 1998 to play with the Bulldogs. A recurring knee injury ended Stuart’s career in 2000, a less than fitting end to one of the most accomplished halves of the modern game. After taking the Bulldogs’ Jersey Flegg team to a grand final win in 2001, he was appointed Roosters first grade coach for 2002.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990, 1994 9 1 -   1 5 7 2 0 77.78% Match list
Overall 1990-1994 9 1 0   1 5 7 2 0 77.78% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1990 2 0 0   0 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1990-94 14 3 -   - 12 8 6 0 57.14% Match list
NSW City 1990 1 2 -   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Country 1991 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1990-1994 16 5 0   0 20 9 7 0 56.25% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra NSWRL 1988 12 6 0 / 1 0.00% 2 26 7 5 0 58.33% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1989 26 4 5 / 8 62.50% 6 32 18 8 0 69.23% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1990 25 9 -   3 39 18 6 1 72.00% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1991 24 7 -   - 28 15 9 0 62.50% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1992 17 5 -   1 21 9 8 0 52.94% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1993 20 3 -   4 16 16 3 1 80.00% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1994 23 2 1 / 7 14.29% 2 12 18 5 0 78.26% Match list
Canberra ARL 1995 22 - -   6 6 19 3 0 86.36% Match list
Canberra ARL 1996 2 - 1 / 2 50.00% - 2 0 1 1 0.00% Match list
Canberra Super League 1997 16 2 -   - 8 9 7 0 56.25% Match list
Canberra NRL 1998 16 1 -   1 5 9 7 0 56.25% Match list
Canterbury NRL 1999 24 2 -   2 10 14 9 1 58.33% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2000 16 - -   - - 7 8 1 43.75% Match list
Overall 1988-2000 ? 41 7 / 18 38.89% 27 205 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1988-98 203 39 7 / 18 38.89% 25 195 138 62 3 67.98% Match list
Canterbury 1999-00 40 2 -   2 10 21 17 2 52.50% Match list
Overall 1988-2000 ? 41 7 / 18 38.89% 27 205 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1988-91, 1994-95, 1997-98 24 1 -   4 8 15 9 0 62.50% Match list
Canterbury 1999 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1988-1999 26 1 0   4 8 16 10 0 61.54% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1988-98 204 39 7   25 195 153 72 3 75.00% Match list
Canterbury 1999-00 40 2 -   2 10 22 18 2 55.00% Match list
Overall 1988-2000 ? 41 7   27 205 ? ? ? ?  

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