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Key Facts

Full name
Steven Da Rui

Known as
Steve Da Rui

21 March 1964 (age 60)

Place of birth
Mount Lawley, WA (6050)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 12d
Last game: 27y 142d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 5

Recruited from
East Perth (1988)

State of origin

Steve Da Rui

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWAFL1981-198686160.19
Total1981-1986, 1988-1991141210.15

AFL: 9,901st player to appear, 4,072nd most games played, 6,371st most goals kickedCarlton: 948th player to appear, 318th most games played, 571st most goals kicked

East Perth recruited Steve Da Rui from St Marks with high hopes. However, a succession of injuries prevented him from making the most of his undoubted potential. Quite solidly built at 183 cm and 87 kg, he played most of his football with the Royals as a half back flanker, before being tried as a ruck-rover in his final season. It was his solid form in this latter position that probably persuaded Carlton to take a punt on him.

At the end of the 1986 season, after 86 games in six seasons for East Perth, Da Rui headed east to join the Blues, but it was over a year before he managed to break into the senior side. In the meantime, he played in the club's 1987 reserves Grand Final win over St Kilda. Da Rui finally got his chance at league level in 1988, and went on to play a total of 55 games in four years, mainly as an on-baller. He represented Western Australia in its home state of origin loss to Victoria in 1990.

Author - John Devaney


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