Ryan Papenhuyzen

Ryan Papenhuyzen (born 10 June 1998) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

Ryan Papenhuyzen
Personal information
Born (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019– Melbourne Storm 23 9 2 0 40
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019 Australia 9s 5 1 1 0 6
As of 20 October 2019
Source: [1]

Early life

Papenhuyzen was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is of Dutch descent.[2] He grew up in Kellyville, New South Wales and was educated at Oakhill College, Castle Hill.

He played touch football and played his junior rugby league for the Dundas Shamrocks and the Hills District Bulls before being signed by Balmain Tigers.[3]


Early Career

Papenhuyzen played his junior representative for Balmain Tigers in the S. G. Ball Cup. He then played for the Wests Tigers under 20s, before he signed with the Melbourne Storm.

At Melbourne Storm Papenhuyzen played for their under 20s and feeder team Sunshine Coast Falcons for 2018. With consistent performances he gained selection for New South Wales under 20s State of Origin.


He made his debut while he was only 20 years old for the Melbourne Storm in round 4 of the 2019 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[4] On 7 October, Papenhuyzen earned his first representative jersey as he was named in the Australian side for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup 9s. Later that day, he was named at fullback in the U23 Junior Kangaroos squad.


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