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Daniel Rioli

#17   Richmond Tigers
Age: 27yr 2mth    Games: 177     Born: April 16, 1997     Origin: North Ballarat Rebels
Height: 179cm     Weight: 78kg     Position: Defender
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #15 2015 National Draft by Richmond Tigers
Supercoach Price: $475,600   Supercoach Profile
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Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2027   AFL Player Contracts
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Daniel Rioli Biography

Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Tom Lynch wins the Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's best and fairest for the 2022 season, finishing just one vote clear of Daniel Rioli.
Monday, 10 May 2021
Shai Bolton and Daniel Rioli are involved in a nightclub altercation that has left Bolton with a fractured wrist.

Richmond coach Damian Hardwick said the club did not condone violence but had cleared the pair of wrongdoing in the circumstances after a thorough investigation.

"A player's partner was put in a situation she didn't feel comfortable with and Daniel stood up and tried to eradicate the situation and was punched in the eye," Hardwick told Fox Footy.

"I don't condone violence, but the reality is if you put anyone in that situation they're going to stand up for their partner and their mates.

"Shai was the same. It was a difficult situation. It's not one we ideally want to be in. But the reality is we are where we are."

Saturday, 28 September 2019
Fresh from being part of Richmond's 2019 AFL premiership-winning team, Daniel Rioli dedicates his second premiership to cousin Willie Rioli, who is currently facing a drug ban.

Daniel also had his cousin's No.44 written on the tape on his wrists.

"It's pretty special. I miss him, I love him so much, he's going through some tough times. But he's surrounded by family and I'm pretty sure his eyes were glued to the TV today," Daniel said after the match.

"I dedicated my game to him today."

Wednesday, 1 May 2019
The Tigers will run out in a special guernsey designed by Daniel Rioli and his parents for their Dreamtime at the 'G clash against Essendon on May 25, 2019.

"The design process with mum and dad was a bit frustrating but so exciting at the same time, we were up and down because it's such a big thing," Rioli said.

"I went home for Christmas and mum and dad, who are the artists of the family, were able to start drawing it along with my ideas."

Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Daniel Rioli signs a new two-year deal to remain at Richmond until the end of 2021.

"My grandfather (Maurice) played here and I want to play as many games as possible at this club, so I'm rapt to be on board for a couple more years," Rioli said.

"I hope to continue what I've brought to the club and to try to be a leader to the younger boys coming through."

Thursday, 2 August 2018
Daniel Rioli says a pre-match conversation with cousin Cyril Rioli helped calmed his nerves before the 2017 grand final.

"I was in the locker room and just gave Cyril a quick call," Daniel said.

"He gave me a little bit of advice about how to go out there and just play footy, play your normal role and really just have fun."

Saturday, 19 May 2018
Daniel Rioli takes his first major step towards a return to Richmond's senior team, emerging unscathed from a VFL hit-out after taking the field for the first time in 2018.

The 21-year-old hadn't played since badly breaking his left ankle in the last quarter of the Tigers' Grand Final triumph over Richmond.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
There is still no clarity on Daniel Rioli's return from injury, with the premiership Tiger yet to join in main training as the long and cautious recovery from his broken ankle continues.

"He's going OK, he's running, he's starting to do some speed work," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

"Where he plays or where he falls into our calculations, we're not too sure at this stage, we don't want to put a timeframe on it.

"He's progressing, which is a positive for us."

Sunday, 1 October 2017
Daniel Rioli will undergo surgery after sustaining an ankle injury against Adelaide in Richmond's premiership victory during the 2017 Grand Final.

"He's in a bit of pain at the moment so he'll probably require some sort of operation I think which is really disappointing for him," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

"He's been a fantastic player for us this year. It'll be a little subdued with the premiership medallion he's got hanging around his neck."

Thursday, 28 September 2017
Dan Butler says he has weekly post-game competitions with housemate Jason Castagna on who comes out on top with pressure points.

"That's the first thing I look for when I go and see 'Leppa', and that will give me a good indication of how I'm going," Butler said.

"We were having a bit of a competition about who could get the highest and we were pretty even overall."

However, teammate Daniel Rioli goes into this week's Grand Final with the most pressure points for the season among the Richmond small forwards, registering 979.7 to Butler's 897.1 and Castagna's 824.1.

"Rioli is normally beating us in it, so we don't really want to compete with him. He usually pressures a lot better than us," Butler said.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Luke Brown is looking forward to matching up on Richmond livewire Daniel Rioli in the 2017 Grand Final.

Rioli announced himself as a September specialist with four electric goals in the preliminary final against the Giants.

"I played on Rioli a bit last time but they have a lot of numbers that go through there," Brown said.

"I'm really looking forward to possibly matching up on him because you always want to play on the best and you always want to get the job done that way."

Monday, 25 September 2017
Daniel Rioli wins the 2017 Goal of the Year for his effort against West Coast in round three.

Rioli was involved in a couple of contests before snapping it through from the boundary.

Saturday, 15 July 2017
Daniel Rioli signs a two-year deal with Richmond that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.

"I'm really excited to remain at Richmond for at least another two years," Rioli said.

"I have loved this football club from day one and it was an easy decision to re-sign."

Friday, 9 June 2017
Daniel Rioli turned tour guide during Richmond's bye, with a small contingent of Tigers players and coaches joining him on the Tiwi Islands this week for a mid-season break.

"From the moment we drafted Daniel, we said to Bradley his dad and Belinda his mum that we'd like to come up to the island one day and have an experience like this," Richmond list manager Dan Richardson said.

"The purpose of it was to connect with Dan and his community and learn more about his culture and the challenges he and all kids from the Tiwi Islands can have when they're trying to make a fist of life as far away as Melbourne."

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Champion Data statistics show that Daniel Rioli is Richmond's most dangerous player when it comes to turning possessions into scores in 2017.

Despite only averaging 10.7 possessions a game, statistics show that when he has touched the ball and been involved in a chain of possessions this season, 48 per cent of the time it results in a Richmond score.

That is more than anyone else at the club and ranked equal 37th among the 430 AFL players involved in at least 10 possession chains this season.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Alex Rance and fellow Tigers Brandon Ellis, Sam Lloyd and Daniel Rioli meet the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, at the Puma store in Melbourne for a jumper presentation.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Daniel Rioli earns the NAB AFL Rising Star round 22 nomination after kicking two goals from 16 possessions against St Kilda.

Rioli says he has modeled his game around his uncle, Cyril Rioli, who plays for Hawthorn.

"I watched him a lot as a kid. Going to school at St Patrick's College in Ballarat, I'd usually catch the train and stay at his place on the weekends and watch him play," Rioli said.

"I try to model my game on him. He's a small forward and I'm a small forward now so we play a similar role.

"He's given me a lot of advice and tells me to treat each game like just another game of footy and that's helped a lot."

Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Cyril and Daniel Rioli will both miss their club's matches this weekend to return to the Northern Territory for their grandfather's funeral.

Cyril Kalippa passed away earlier this month at the age of 81 after a battle with illness.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Richmond confirm that Daniel Rioli and Chris Yarran will return to their home states this week to attend to family matters.

Rioli has travelled to the Northern Territory to be with an ill family member but is expected to be available to face Fremantle in Saturday night's clash at Domain Stadium.

Yarran has travelled to Western Australia for family reasons.

Thursday, 24 March 2016
Daniel Rioli makes his AFL debut for Richmond at the MCG with 7 disposals (6 kicks and a handball), 2 marks and 6 tackles in a 9-point win over Carlton.
Monday, 1 February 2016
Richmond draftee Daniel Rioli will enter his first season under the watchful eye of his coach after moving in to Damien Hardwick's family home.

"He's slotted into the Hardwick house very well," Hardwick said.

"For an 18-year-old he's very self-sufficient with the things he does, and unlike my 19-year-old son he makes his bed at stages, which is a positive!

"He's just very well-balanced in his life."

Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Richmond draftee Daniel Rioli has been handed the club's famous No.17 jumper, once worn by the prized youngster's great-uncle Maurice Rioli when he was a star at Punt Road in the 1980s.

The No.17, most famously donned by revered Richmond champion Jack Dyer, was worn by Maurice Rioli as he won two Jack Dyer medals and a Norm Smith Medal.

"It got mentioned to me and I spoke to mum and dad about it and they were happy with it," Daniel Rioli said.

"To have the number Maurice wore passed on to me, itís a big honour.

"Iím looking forward to representing it as best as I can."

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Richmond select Daniel Rioli with pick No.15 in the NAB AFL Draft.

"Athletically, he's at the top of the tree and he brings real excitement to the club," Richmond recruiting manager Francis Jackson said.

"We followed him right through the year, not just the TAC Cup, but school games so we watched him all through the year and he's very highly rated."

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