Ryan Papenhuyzen

Ryan Papenhuyzen
Personal information
Born (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 23)
Kellyville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019– Melbourne Storm 48 28 30 1 183
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019 Australia 9s 5 1 1 0 6
As of 20 May 2021
Source: [1]

Ryan Papenhuyzen (born 10 June 1998) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

Early life

Papenhuyzen was born in Sydney, Australia and is of Dutch descent.[2]

He grew up in Kellyville, New South Wales, was educated at Oakhill College, Castle Hill and represented the 2015 Australian Schoolboys. After graduating high school, he attended Australian Catholic University studying degree in Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science.

He played touch football and played his junior rugby league for Kellyville Bushrangers, Dundas Shamrocks and the Hills District Bulls before being signed by Balmain Tigers.[3]


Early career

Papenhuyzen played his junior representative for Balmain Tigers in the S. G. Ball Cup. He then played for the Wests Tigers under 20s, and then made his debut for the Wests Tigers, playing one game before he signed with the Melbourne Storm.

At Melbourne Storm Papenhuyzen played for their under 20s and feeder team Sunshine Coast Falcons for 2018. With consistent performances he gained selection for New South Wales under 20s State of Origin.


He made his Melbourne Storm debut while he was only 20 years old in round 4 of the 2019 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[4] Papenhuyzen had a breakout performance in round 9 against the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium, coming onto the field in the 49th minute, he scored a try, ran for 137 metres and had 3 line breaks, 2 line break assists and 2 try assists as Melbourne won 64–10.[5]

On 7 October, Papenhuyzen earned his first representative jersey as he was named in the Australian side for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup 9s. Later that day, he was named at fullback in the U23 Junior Kangaroos squad. Papenhuyzen scored 2 tries in the Junior Kangaroos’ 62–4 victory over France.


In a Round 8 match against the Sydney Roosters, the Storm were down 25-24 with 40 seconds remaining. The Storm regathered from the kick-off and with time running out, Papenhuyzen kicked an equalising field goal, his first in the NRL.

In the 2020 NRL Grand Final, which Storm won 26-20, Papenhuyzen won the Clive Churchill Medal for his Man of the Match performance.[6]

Papenhuyzen was selected in the NSW Origin squad for the 2020 State of Origin series, but was withdrawn from selection for game one through injury.[7] He was not selected in the team for either game two or three.


Papenhuyzen began the 2021 season at fullback and as designated goal kicker after the retirement of Cameron Smith. In round 4. the Storm demolished the Broncos 40-6 with Papenhuyzen scoring 4 tries in 11 minutes. This equaled, what was at the time, the club record for the most scored in a single game, he also scored 5 goals in the game and with a combined points total of 26, put him in second place for club record for the most points scored in a game. By the end of this round he was in first place on the leagues scorers list.



Melbourne Storm


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "You can't Dutch this: Flyer Papenhuyzen one that got away from Tigers". SMH Sport. 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Ryan Papenhuyzen Fullback". Official NRL profile. Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Round 4 NRL team lists". NRL.com. 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Round 9: Storm v Eels – Eels". Parramatta Eels. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Do you believe in magic? The moments that decided Storm-Roosters thriller". NRL. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  7. ^ "State of Origin 21-man squads named, Ryan Papenhuyzen ruled out for NSW with calf injury". abc.net.au. Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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