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Key Facts

Full name
Leon Rice

Known as
Leon Rice

23 August 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 308d
Last game: 28y 9d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 13

Leon Rice

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,291st player to appear, 1,591st most games played, 3,182nd most goals kickedHawthorn: 605th player to appear, 88th most games played, 205th most goals kicked

Originally from Drouin, Leon Rice made his VFL debut for Hawthorn in 1970 and soon established himself as a first choice senior player. Mainly used as a wingman, that was the position he occupied in the Hawks’ 1971 grand final winning team. Five years later he was a reserve when Hawthorn next went top.

When he left the Hawks at the end of the 1979 season Rice had played 133 VFL games and kicked 26 goals for the club. He then captain-coached VFA side Camberwell and was at the helm when they won the 1981 second division grand final against Waverley. After retiring as a player he served as a Hawthorn board member for a time.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.