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Richard Villasanti (born 20 May 1980) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in 1990s and 2000s. An Australia national representative forward, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for Balmain, Wests Tigers, New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla-Sutherland.

Villasanti made his début with the Balmain Tigers in 1999, making 6 appearances from the bench. He remained with the club when they merged to become the Wests Tigers the next season, and made a number of appearances in the team towards the end of the year.

A Junior Kiwi, Villasanti was included in the wider Tonga squad for the 2000 World Cup but did not play in the tournament.

Joining the Warriors in 2001, Villasanti was a regular in the team for the next 5 years. The following year, he was in the team that made the 2002 NRL Grand Final, the club's first grand final appearance. He gained a level of infamy for a tackle made in the game, a "head-first hit, which left Fittler bloodied and bandaged."

At the end of the 2003 NRL season Villasanti had gained a reputation as a big-hitting impact player, and became the first New Zealand based player to be chosen to represent Australia at the end of the year, though he was to make only one test appearance on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, helping Australia to victory over Great Britain in what would be the last time the two nations contested an Ashes series.
While on tour with Australia, Villasanti was accused of stealing more than $5000 from teammates rooms. An investigation by the Australian Rugby League (ARL) did not determine who the thief was but Villasanti claims other teammates blamed him for the stolen items.

In 2006, Villasanti was released from the Warriors mid-season, and joined the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

In February 2007, he secured a release from Cronulla, signing a two-year deal with Harlequins RL but never played a first-grade game for the London-based club. Villasanti was signed by the Londoners as a replacement for Solomon Haumono after having surgery on his knee in Australia. He passed a medical on his arrival in London and was expected to be available after four to six weeks but the knee failed to respond to rehabilitation. The persistent knee problem forced him into retirement.

Villasanti signed with the Sawtell Panthers in the Group 2 competition for 2011 in which he won a premiership.

In mid-2012, he signed with the Bidgee Hurricanes in the Group 20 competition.
 
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Former Kangaroo forward Richard Villasanti says he lost enthusiasm for playing rugby league after staying two years too long at the New Zealand Warriors.

Villasanti, who signed with Cronulla this month after five-and-a-half NRL seasons at the Warriors, admits he contemplated taking time off from the game after being dumped to to New Zealand's Bartercard Cup.

But after returning "home" to Australia, the 25-year-old Canberra product said he is now ready to revive his career.

"I think I sort of was hitting a stale patch," said Villasanti, who has been named for his Sharks NRL debut this weekend after being included on the bench against the Bulldogs on Sunday.

"A lot of players, if they stay at the one club for so long, they sort of get stale and probably get complacent in the things that they're doing and I think that was the same with me.

"I probably stayed there maybe two years too long.

"But now, new club, fresh move, enthusiasm's back and to make things even better I'm back at home."

Villasanti, 26, played a test against New Zealand in 2003 after leading the Warriors' forwards in their charge to the 2002 NRL grand final.

He said his nose-dive into New Zealand's Bartercard Cup and the Warriors telling him he was free to move on at the beginning of the season were the result of both physical and mental pressures.

"I contemplated having a rest for a while, it is a big strain on your body and mind so I was thinking of having a rest but never giving it away," he said.

Villasanti was the first Warriors player to represent Australia, after plenty of fans had mistaken the 111kg front rower for a New Zealander.

That perception lives on.

"(Sharks coach) Stu Raper, as soon as I came here, he tossed me into the `Kiwi corner' in the locker room... `cause there's a few Kiwis here.

"What he's got to realise is I'm not Kiwi.

"I played junior Kiwis so I was eligible to play for the top side but that was only because my grandmother is a New Zealand resident, not a citizen.

"Playing for the Kiwis, that might come up later in the future but now I just want to play good for the club and rep footy is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment."

But he added he would aim for a New South Wales or Australian jersey before exploring his eligibility for New Zealand.

"Firstly I've got to get back in the top side and play regularly week-in, week-out and as I start to get match fit my form should speak for itself.

"You never know, things might happen at the end of the year if I have a good probably seven or eight weeks.

"You can't really look into the future but you can hope it turns out that way."


https://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/488120/715875
 

ozbash_old

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hope he,s playing 1st grade when we play the sharks.

teach the boy some respect.
 

Esoj_old

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it would have been interesting if he had left a few years earlier. I know it is a if only situation but maybe guys like rapira would have goten a chance earlier if villa wasn't in the team
 

LeagueNut_old

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I can't wait for the Sharks match now. It's a bugger that we play them in Sydney first.
 

mosh_old

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Fair enough, but atleast give up (and leave) or get some renewed enthusiasm rather than going through the motions and pretending you care. All this time he has been wearing the Warriors jersey with a lack of enthusiasm, like it can be toyed with or something.
 

Bulldog_old

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Maybe thats what Toopi is going through...we'll certainly found out next year whether a change of scenery will lift his game.
 

Swanley_old

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not his fault he get's picked.

Up to the coaching staff to pick this up, like Ivan has with Toopi and Richard.

Lookes like Kemp may have missed the boat in the skill and was picking on reputation...not effort put in during the games and training.
 

commonsense_old

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i dont like the fact that he is toying with allying with the kiwis. im sick of this. the kiwis arent a shortcut way of playing rep footy. just cos ur not good enough to play for origin or australia it doesnt mean we want ur sorry ass.
 

MarkW_old

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commonsense said:
i dont like the fact that he is toying with allying with the kiwis. im sick of this. the kiwis arent a shortcut way of playing rep footy. just cos ur not good enough to play for origin or australia it doesnt mean we want ur sorry ass.

I agree mate, he needs to make up his bloody mind. As far as I'm concerned, he's represented Australia already and they can have him.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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He's had his fun in the sun at the Warriors, but that's time now official over time for him to get up and live life. If he does well and gets better into rep footy fine (no kiwis for him thank you).

It's done and dusted and now I really can't care less what he does. I'm just paying my full attention to the guys that are still with us and those who will be us for a long time.

Warriors to the end!
 

danco_old

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Villasanti is an australian born and bred, played one test for australia and should never be considered for the kiwis.we have more than enough players of our own.
 

D Generation X_old

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Im sorry to say warriors fans but Richard Villasanti has left the NZWarriors
 

Tajhay_old

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OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! has this just been announced or something?? i cant find it anywhere as breakign news!! please post link!!!

















maybe that explains why he has been in cronulla for the past 3 weeks....... :roll:
 

playdaball_old

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He should have left earlier but NRL clubs would not have picked him up due to off the field rumours.

Thye worst thing about this article is the fact that he playedd for the JKs as his grandmother LIVED in NZ for a while. That 'rule' is a SHOCKER !!!!!
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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Sounds like an arrogant prick. he hopefully will get what Kunt got
 

raypower_old

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I'll give him a serve from the stands at cronulla for you PM don't worry about that...
 

D Generation X_old

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Former Vodafone Warriors prop Richard Villasanti was today confirmed as Cronulla's interchange prop for tomorrow night's NRL clash against his old club at Toyota Park.
Villasanti (26) joined the Sharks earlier this month after being released by the Vodafone Warriors.
After appearing for Cronulla in the Premier League he was originally named on a five-man bench for the 12th-round encounter with the club he play for 96 times in his 109-match career.
Today Cronulla coach Stuart Raper confirmed his bench, opting to use Villasanti for his first outing for his new club - against familiar foes - while cutting New Zealander Hutch Maiava so he can turn out in the Premier League this weekend.
The other players on Cronulla's bench are expected to be utility Matt Hilder, centre Beau Scott and hooker Tony Caine, who is set to make his first-grade debut replacing Tevita Latu, who had his contract terminated this week. Thank You
 

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