Kirby Celebrates 150th Match

 

Rob Kirby will mark his 150th match for Richmond this Saturday as the club travels north to face Hull Ionians in National League 1 (Kick-off 3pm).

The fullback, who first joined the club seven seasons ago, will reach a significant milestone in a match where Richmond will be hoping to secure their fourth win on the bounce.

The 28-year-old first pulled on the Richmond shirt in 2013, following stints with Esher and Southend. Originally a fly-half, Kirby has evolved into a dynamic fullback, renowned for his excellent goal kicking and attacking flair.

“It’s a massive honour to reach 150 caps for Richmond. It’s been a long time coming, I have been at the club for seven years and in that time played a lot of rugby, so it’s a relief and a great feeling to finally reach this huge milestone”, Kirby said.

During his time with Richmond, Kirby has cemented himself as one of the highest point-scores the club has ever produced. The prolific goal-kicker has amassed 1,139 points for the club and finished last season as the second highest points-scorer in the Championship, despite Richmond being relegated.

This season, with Richmond returning to National League 1, Kirby has been at his consistent best, dominating with the boot with a 100% kicking record and leading the overall scorers tally after three rounds with 36 points.

“My kicking is something I take great pride in. It’s always been a huge part of my game and I enjoy having the extra responsibility in the team”, Kirby said.

“There’s been times over my career where I have been a little inconsistent or missed easy shots at goal, but that drives me to continue tweaking my style, or making changes to how I kick.

“I’m sure over my 149 matches for the club, Richmond supporters would have seen their fair share of shocking kicks from me, but hopefully they will remember the good ones!”

As he prepares to run out for the 150th time this Saturday, Kirby says representing Richmond has never felt so important.

“Saturday will mean as much as it did as the first time I pulled on the shirt. This club has an incredible history and it’s an enormously proud feeling to represent Richmond.

“Being one of the senior players in the squad, I feel I have a huge responsibility to lead strongly in all aspects of my game. We have some great young guys in our squad this season, we’re playing good rugby and we’re all driven to continue in our winning ways.

“Hopefully we can secure the victory over Hull, maintain our unbeaten start to the season, and then enjoy a few beers on the way home to London.”

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