Dave “Rico” Ricketts

DateFriday, June 5, 2009 at 3:10PM
It is with great sadness that the club announces the loss of one of its own, David “Rico” RICKETTS who died last night following his battle with illness.

Those who knew him, will remember a Club Captain and member, whom during his playing days represented the heartbeat of the club both on and off the pitch who not only gave 100% on the park but also helped nurture the skill and confidence of younger players who were introduced to senior rugby, his legendary attitude to warming up before a game (Long before the professional era) and his linguistic skills as a cultural ambassador for the club are written in IWRFC folk law and he will be much missed by those who knew and played with him.

Details of his funeral will be posted shortly and we hope members will be able to make themselves available to give “Rico” a send off suitable for a man of his stature.

Above, Dave as many will remember him Captaining the side against Pon in the 80’s

Members who knew Dave are invited to post their condolences below.


Never played with him, but have heard the stories.. Played against Nathan, obviously, and have to say losing someone close is a bloody hard thing.

My sincere condolonces to all of Rico’s Family at this time.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPookay

My sincere condolences to Dave’s family, I will always remember Rico fondly with a smile, fellow stooge, cultural “bon vie vur” and a prop who gave his all. Rico was a real character, committed and fun to be around (particularly when on tour) and I look forward to sending him off properly.

Rest in Peace Dave

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSawlie

Like Pookay, I never played with Dave but Will and I worked with him at FBM Marine and he was always at the club taking photos during my first tour with IWRFC during the 90’s.
Always a good guy, never a bad word to say.

My thoughts are with his family.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob L (Ugly Bloke)

Another top man has left us far to early.
So very very sad.
I could write a book on Ricko’s days as second team captain, and the spirit he installed into the club.
A passionate man who will leave a massive hole now he is no longer with us.
God bless you Dave
Now its time to sleep

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMick Jones

Having been one of those younger players who was “nurtured” by Rico in the transition from Colt to senior rugby, his attitude, belief and commitment to his team and the club, and the importance of being a club member served as a foundation from which shaped my views and principles in later life. The man even to the last was dignified and selfless and I will not forget the part he played in mine and others lives.

My thoughts are with his family and I hope to see lots of other “nurtured” players at his send off.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeardy

Sad sad news. I remember playing with Rico as I was beginning my senior career and fondly recall his ‘warm up’ before a game. Always remember him as a player who never took a backward step and a great bloke off the field too.
My thoughts and condolences are with his family. RIP.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstu browne

really sad news, he was great asset to IWRFC, he would always give 110% in every game, a great captain, great company in the bar and a top tourist.
a proper proper rugby player. will be sadly missed.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpete steen

a great man who i had the pleasure of playing a few games with when i first joined the IWRFC,rico gave me a few pointers at the start of my propping career which came in handy in future games, a superb man and a great loss to his family and the rugby world.

rest in peace mate

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscott lilleystone