With his sights firmly set on a Rabbitohs starting role, Richard Kennar is set to make an impact in South Sydney in 2018. Get to know him here.
Born in Apia, Samoa, Richard Kennar moved to the AFL heartland of Melbourne at a young age. Bucking the trend of most Victorians, Kennar pursued rugby league with junior club, The Northern Thunder. An NRL player brought up through the Victorian Rugby League System is a rarity in today’s game.
In 2011, Kennar’s talent saw him turn out for the Australian Schoolboys. From 2012 to 2014, he featured in Melbourne Storm’s under 20s squad.
Fast forward to 2015 and Kennar was granted a first grade debut in Round 13 against the Penrith Panthers. He went on to play six games in total that year and added to these appearances in 2016 to take his tally to nine.
In 2017, Kennar was signed to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Despite not breaking into the first grade squad, he was pivotal in powering their New South Wales Cup side to the preliminary final where they lost to eventual premiers, the Panthers. The 23-year-old is currently under contract with the Rabbitohs until the end of 2019.
Standing at 185cm and weighing in at 104kg, Kennar adds strength, size and depth to the backline. His explosive running game makes him tricky customer close to the line.
“The history behind the Rabbitohs makes them different, the past players that have put this jersey on. They’re all very unique and good players.”
How he fits into the squad
Kennar is adept at playing both wing and centre and will be pushing for a starting spot on the flank.
General Manager of Football Shane Richardson
“Richard Kennar a big bodied winger who we see in the top 17 next year. He carries that ball back strongly and is an excellent finisher. He can play centre but we prefer him on the wing.”