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Collingwood will be without Rupert Wills for at least another week after the young midfielder succumbed to a quad strain.

5:00pm  Aug 1, 2017

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Rupert
Wills

Height
192 cm
DOB
20-05-1993
Weight
89 kg
Debut
-
Games
2018
0
Career
6
Goals
2018
0
Career
1
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
0
Avg
0
RupertWills

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Old Scotch (VAFA)
Clubs: Collingwood (2016-2017)
Debut: R19 2016 v West Coast
Recruited from: Collingwood VFL
Brownlow Votes: 0

2018 Player Sponsors

Junior Clubs: Old Scotch (VAFA)
Clubs: Collingwood (2016-2017)
Debut: R19 2016 v West Coast
Recruited from: Collingwood VFL
Brownlow Votes: 0

Upon his arrival, Wills was already familiar with the Holden Centre after being a member of Collingwood’s VFL side in 2015. It didn't take long for supporters to become familiar with Wills, either, once he broke into the senior line up and averaged 17 disposals and 8.6 tackles per game late in the season. A big bodied midfielder who loves the contested ball, Wills skipped the conventional pathway to the big time. He did not play any TAC Cup football and instead represented Old Scotch in the VAFA. Has great scope for improvement given his late introduction to the game and stands as a player to watch in 2017.

Season By Season

Season By Season

The 23-year-old’s early season form had some touting him as an ANZAC Day debutant, but he instead had to wait until round 19 before breaking into the senior side. But once Wills had made his way, he did not look back, averaging 17.6 disposals and an incredibly 8.6 tackles per game. In fact, he laid 41 in his first four matches, a feat unmatched by any other player in VFL/ AFL history.

He served notice by laying 11 tackles and winning 17 disposals on debut against the Eagles and by season’s end was playing a key role in the centre square. Wills’ selection came off the back of a fine year in the VFL in which he averaged 23.1 disposals and 5.8 clearances across 13 games. Most memorably, he kicked one of the goals of the year from the half back flank in icy conditions against North Ballarat.

Season By Season

To the large majority of the football world, Wills has seemingly been plucked from obscurity and thrown into the AFL world. But the midfielder already is comfortable with the Collingwood coaches and the surrounds of the Holden Centre. He averaged 17.2 disposals in six games for Collingwood’s VFL affiliate in 2015 before succumbing to a bad case of concussion sustained while playing club football for his local team, Old Scotch.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Essendon W 62 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles L 67 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 North Melbourne W 130 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Richmond L 105 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans L 73 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions W 104 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide W 115 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle W 67 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
W1 West Coast Eagles L 86 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF GWS Giants W 69 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF Richmond W 58 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
GF West Coast Eagles L 79 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 9.8
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 8.0
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 81.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Hawthorn Rd 23, 2016
Handballs 13 Richmond Rd 20, 2016
Disposals 20 Richmond Rd 20, 2016
Marks 4 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Western Bulldogs Rd 21, 2016
Goals 1 Richmond Rd 20, 2016
AFL Fantasy 98 Western Bulldogs Rd 21, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Collingwood 7 8 15 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 64
2016 Collingwood 37 51 88 14 0 6 6 43 1 1 422

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 5 games, 1 goal

VFL: 19 games, 8 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 0 games, 0 goals

Milestones

Collingwood VFL Debut: North Ballarat v Collingwood, Round 1 2015 at Eureka Stadium

Collingwood AFL Debut: Collingwood v West Coast, Round 19 2016 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 63 in the 2015 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Selected at No. 63 in the 2015 National Draft

Club Awards

Selected at No. 63 in the 2015 National Draft