300 not out: Easts’ Rhys Ward Reflects On A Historic Milestone

by Paul Cook - “I would never dream of playing for another club, I love this place,” says Eastern Suburbs prop, Rhys Ward, when asked about his longevity at Woollahra Oval. The 35-year-old carves out his own slice of Beasties’ history today when he turns out for the 300th time in the tricolour jersey, becoming only the second player in the illustrious history of the club to achieve such a feat. Having walked through the gates at Easts for the first time in 1997, Ward has racked up an unbroken stint of 17 years service, adding 14 years of grade footy to his three years in colts. In that time, he has graced all four grades, winning Premierships in 2nd Grade (2009) and 4th Grade (2010 & 2011) and lifted three best and fairest awards. While the majority of his career has been spent in the lower g
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