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Dane Rampe

#24   Sydney Swans
Age: 33yr 11mth    Games: 237     Born: June 2, 1990     Origin: Williamstown
Height: 187cm     Weight: 89kg     Position: Defender
First Drafted: Round 3, Pick #37 2012 Rookie Draft by Sydney Swans
Last Drafted: Round 6, Pick #90 2013 National Draft by Sydney Swans
Supercoach Price: $356,500   Supercoach Profile
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Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2025   AFL Player Contracts
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Dane Rampe Biography

Tuesday, 6 February 2024
Callum Mills will lead Sydney as sole captain in 2024, having shared the captaincy with veterans Luke Parker and Dane Rampe since 2022.
Thursday, 27 April 2023
Dane Rampe is ruled out from playing until at least after the 2023 mid-season bye.

"Dane's neck injury has not resolved. He has been reviewed by specialists who have advised that whilst the timeline for recovery remains uncertain, he is not expected to be available before the bye," Swans medico Damian Raper said.

Tuesday, 21 February 2023
Callum Mills, Dane Rampe and Luke Parker will co-captain Sydney again in 2023.

"Luke, Dane and Callum set a great example not only in the way they consistently prepare and perform at an elite level, but the way they invest in our football club more broadly," Sydney footy manager Charlie Gardiner said.

"They support and complement one another extremely well, and the model has worked for us over the past couple of years."

Friday, 11 February 2022
Dane Rampe signs a one-year contract extension with Sydney to remain at the club in 2023, thereby removing himself from the free agency list.
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Sydney name three co-captains for season 2022. Josh Kennedy has stepped down as co-captain with Callum Mills to take his place alongside Luke Parker and Dane Rampe.

"Josh approached me mid-way through last season and said, 'Millsy’s ready'. To identify that, foster it, and then make a selfless decision, sums up the sort of person Josh is. I know he will continue to be an important mentor," Sydney coach John Longmire said of Kennedy's decision to step down.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Dane Rampe will require further surgery and will miss the rest of the 2020 season after breaking his hand again.

"He had the plate inserted in that hand and he was given the all-clear to play. Last night he had a scan and we found out that the plate has been dislodged again, so he'll be out for the rest of the season. It's obviously very important that he gets that right now, so it's really unfortunate," Swans coach John Longmire explained.

Monday, 2 March 2020
Dane Rampe believes he wouldn't have survived one season in the AFL had he been drafted as an 18-year-old.

"The thing you get to experience when you're not in the system is you get to live life on the other side ? and I think I have an appreciation for what is important and what isn't," Rampe said.

"I have absolutely no doubt if I was picked up first year out of school, I wouldn't be in the system now. I wouldn't have handled it, I wasn't ready."

Thursday, 19 December 2019
Lance Franklin is the new face in Sydney's player-voted leadership group for 2020, joining co-captains Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe, as well as young gun Callum Mills.

The Swans have slashed the group from eight players to five, with retired pair Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Smith, Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley no longer involved.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Dane Rampe is crowned Sydney's club champion for 2019, winning his first Bob Skilton Medal in front of 900 guests at The Star.

Rampe polled 581 votes to win easily from young midfielder George Hewett (461), with fellow co-captain Luke Parker (458) rounding out the podium.

"Dane’s an incredibly popular player, he’s a fierce competitor, he’s a hard trainer and he’s someone who our first-year recruits to seasoned campaigners look up to and respect tremendously," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"Now a well-deserved club champion, Dane will no doubt continue to be a great leader around the club and do everything possible to put the team in a position to challenge again."

Monday, 3 June 2019
Dane Rampe will play in his 150th match this weekend against West Coast at the SCG.

"He competes as hard as any player I've seen on the best forwards every week and often it's players of all different sizes," Sydney coach John Longmire said of Rampe.

"His ability to compete right to the end just shows that you've got to be playing well or absolutely on the money to get a kick on him.

"He's receptive to any match-up and takes on any challenge, and this year I'd argue has been his best year of footy."

Thursday, 16 May 2019
A perplexed Essendon is seeking formal clarity from the AFL on the handling of the Dane Rampe incident, which saw the Swans co-captain climb and shake a goalpost while David Myers lined up for an after-the-siren set shot during the Bombers' five-point loss.

Rampe was slapped with a suspended $1000 fine for the incident that saw no free kick paid despite the official rules explicitly stating that his action's warranted a free kick to Essendon.

Bombers CEO Xavier Campbell stressed to Melbourne radio station SEN that the incident didn't excuse the loss, but did need to be clarified.

"We've written to the AFL yesterday seeking absolute formal clarity above and beyond the discussions we've had earlier in the week, because we dealt with this. We feel the need for there to be greater clarity on something like this," Campbell said.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Dane Rampe has been fined $10,000 by the AFL after telling Mollison he "talks like a little girl", having conceded a holding the ball free kick during the second quarter.

The AFL confirmed that $5000 of that fine will be suspended for the entirety of his career.

Rampe has also been hit with a fully suspended $1000 fine from the League for scaling the goalpost while Essendon's David Myers took a kick for goal after the siren to win the game.

The kick fell short, with Sydney holding on for a five-point win.

The AFL Players' Association is considering their next move after Dane Rampe was fined $11,000 by the AFL for two on-field matters including the climbing of a goal post and an insult targeted at an umpire.

"With respect to the sanction relating to comments directed at an umpire, Dane was clearly contrite, issued a genuine apology and has an exemplary disciplinary record," AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh said.

"The size of the fine is excessive given these factors. In our view this was an opportunity for education rather than heavy sanctions.

"The sanction for climbing the goalpost is puzzling given the AFL’s position that this action was not even worthy of a free kick during the game."

Monday, 13 May 2019
The AFL asks Dane Rampe to explain his controversial climbing of the goalpost during the Swans' narrow win over Essendon at the SCG.

Sydney coach John Longmire also revealed the club spoke to Rampe about the defender's bizarre behavior with the goal post.

"He [Dane] said, 'I genuinely didn't know the rule', and I said, 'Well, you do now so it might be best to stay away from goalposts in the future'," Longmire said.

"It was a pretty brief conversation (on Saturday morning), but it's fair to say I wouldn't be expecting him to be doing it (again) in the future."

Rampe is also under investigation for saying to umpire Jacob Mollison that he "talks like a little girl", after having conceded a holding the ball free kick during the second quarter.

Friday, 14 December 2018
Luke Parker and Dane Rampe join Josh Kennedy as co-captains of Sydney for season 2019 and beyond.

"They've already been a huge support of mine over the last two years and no doubt this will take it to another level," Kennedy said.

"I did enjoy the honour and responsibility (of being sole captain) but I'm more excited about this opportunity for Luke and Dane."

Friday, 7 December 2018
Dane Rampe signs a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the Swans until the end of 2022.

"he club approached me a little bit earlier than I would have thought, but I'm obviously rapt," he said.

"I'm committed to the Swans, I'm really excited with the group we have and being a local boy, I didn't want to go anywhere."

Saturday, 13 January 2018
Dane Rampe says teammates are still ribbing him about his freakish accident at the start of 2017.

Rampe missed seven games last season when he suffered a broken arm as he unsuccessfully tried to jump over a chain near the Swans headquarters.

It occurred before round two and Rampe's commanding presence down back was sorely missed, as the Swans went 0-6.

"I reckon it probably gets mentioned to me once a week," Rampe said.

"I probably deserve it because it was bloody stupid and I'm never going to live it down."

Monday, 27 March 2017
Sydney will be without defender Dane Rampe for at least five weeks after he suffered a broken arm in a freak training accident.

Rampe tripped and fell while doing some recovery running with teammates outside the SCG and has a small crack just below his elbow.

"I couldn't believe it to be honest, one of our guys from our media department saw it happen," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He tried to jump the chain and mistimed his jump and fell on the concrete 25 metres from the front door (of the Swans' offices)."

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Swans defender Dane Rampe feels lucky to have been overlooked by the Western Bulldogs after being invited to train with the club.

Rampe knows he wasn't ready for the rigours of elite football six years ago when the Bulldogs contemplated drafting him.

"I hold no grudges against them. I'm not bitter towards them for not picking me up because I wasn't ready," Rampe said.

"It's the best thing that ever happened to me ... had I been picked up, I wouldn't be where I am today. I don't think I'd even still be on a list.

"Down there (in Melbourne), it was all one thing. My life was really focused on footy ... footy doesn't define me now.

"I've got an outlet to switch off with friends and family, just doing things with people that any normal person does."

Thursday, 18 February 2016
Dan Hannebery and defenders Dane Rampe and Heath Grundy have been added to the Sydney Swans leadership group for 2016.

The trio was voted into the new roles by teammates on the Swans' pre-season camp to Coffs Harbour a fortnight ago, joining co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack, plus Nick Smith, Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker in the eight-man group.

Saturday, 23 May 2015
Dane Rampe says he's used last year's embarrassing Grand Final loss to Hawthorn as personal motivation to get back to the big day in 2015.

Rampe revealed that while the team moved on quickly from the 63-point hammering, his own poor performance on the day has driven him for months.

The running defender had just eight possessions in the 2014 season decider, and struggled to contain Hawks' star Jack Gunston under the avalanche of pressure from the winners.

"It's probably more an individual thing rather than a team thing, there's nothing really been spoken about the rematch or what team it is," Rampe said.

"It's more something you reflect on over the off-season and it does give you extra motivation what happened on Grand Final day."

Saturday, 16 May 2015
Dane Rampe signs a four-year deal with the Swans that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Dane Rampe has established himself as a key member of the Swans' defence and says he still pinches himself at how his career is unfolding.

"Every day I drive to training, just five minutes down the road, I still have to take a deep breath every now and then and just realise how lucky I am," Rampe said.

"'Goodesy' (Adam Goodes) is still going around and seeing LRT (Lewis Roberts-Thomson) and Ryan O'Keefe in the changerooms, it's incredible.

"I can't believe it."

Sydney coach John Longmire says Rampe has been invaluable to the Swans.

"To have that flexibility in a player that can play on the talls and smalls in your back six is really important and he's able to do that," Longmire said.

"He's got genuine speed, he's genuinely hard and can play in a number of different positions.

"He's a really flexible player and has been really consistent, particularly over the last month."

Friday, 25 October 2013
Brandon Jack and Dane Rampe will both be promoted to the Swans' senior list after the young duo enjoyed breakout first seasons with the club.

"My goal coming into this year was to get a contract at the end of the year on the senior list and I think I've earned that," Jack said.

"To be honest I was only aiming for a one-year extension … but to get this, I think it means the club has got a bit of faith in me."

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Dane Rampe is revelling in his first finals campaign after playing 20 of a possible 22 games for the Swans this year.

"At the start of the year I was just focused on getting a game," Rampe said.

"I remember telling my family if I get one or two games I'll be rapt. Then my short-term goals and long-term goals began to change.

"Once I hit the middle of the year and I was getting some consistency in my footy, I thought 'I can really do this and can be there come finals'."

Saturday, 30 March 2013
Dane Rampe makes his AFL debut for Sydney at Stadium Australia with 7 disposals (5 kicks and 2 handballs) and 3 tackles in a 30-point win over GWS.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
With Alex Johnson ruled out for the season, Dane Rampe will be elevated to the Swans' senior list in time for round one.
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