Paddy Ryan’s rugby career continued to go from strength to strength in 2016 after stepping up amongst the team’s leadership group in 2015, the year he earned his 50th Super Rugby cap.
The Tamworth-born front rower is now well on his way to his century milestone for his home state after playing in every single one of the Waratahs’ games in 2016, starting as loosehead prop in all but two matches.
It was a hugely successful season for Ryan, which culminated in a standout match in the Tahs’ final game of 2016 against the Blues where he assisted in earning two penalty tries for the Tahs.
From there, Ryan was bestowed the captaincy of the NSW Country Eagles in the Buildcorp NRC, guiding the team to a home final in his own home town of Tamworth, a game that saw him earn the Man of the Match, after a season with just the one loss.
He was then called upon by former Wallabies Coach, Robbie Deans to join the Barbarians for their three-match tour against South Africa, the Czech Republic and Fiji in Europe before being named by Michael Cheika in the Wallaby XV for their match against the French Barbarians as part of the Wallabies 2016 Spring Tour.
Ryan made his inaugural appearance for the Waratahs in 2011, before being selected to make his international debut in the first match of the Wallabies’ 2012 Spring Tour against France, becoming Wallaby number 866.
Growing up in Tamworth, Ryan played his junior rugby for the Tamworth Pirates before he moved to Sydney where he went to school at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill. It was there that his talent was noticed as he was selected in the Australian Schoolboys squad in 2006.
His rugby career was put on hold for his first year out of school, when he travelled to Ireland. Upon his return to Australia he was fast-tracked into the Junior Waratahs development system. His entry into the Sydney Rugby Union competition also proved successful, playing a key role in winning NSW Premierships in both the Colts competition and then at senior level with Sydney University.
Off the field, Paddy has a keen interest in business and finance with a Bachelor of Business from UTS. He also demonstrates a passionate commitment to supporting grassroots rugby, especially around his hometown in the state’s Central North, and mental health awareness as an ambassador of batyr, one of two of the NSW Waratahs’ official charities. His dedication to such areas was recognised in 2015 as the winner of the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) Award for Community Service.
Last updated: 21/12/16