He is the son of former South African captain Kepler Wessels, who also represented Australia in 24 Test matches. Wessels was born in Queensland, Australia, where his father was at the time playing domestic cricket. Riki grew raised in Port Elizabeth when Kepler chose to return to South Africa. He attended St Peter's College before going on to study economics and psychology at the University of Cape Town.
Riki Wessels was born on 14 August 1983 in Queensland, Australia.
He measured 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 m) tall. His weight was around 185 pounds (84 kg).
He started out as a wicket-keeper but later on he played as a left-handed batsman.
Kepler Wessels was an Australian cricketer who played for South Africa between 1990 and 2000. He was a prolific run scorer with a style of play that attracted attention from both critics and supporters. He is most famous for being one of the main antagonists in the film Last Chance Harvey, along with Paul Hogan.
Lou Reiffel, his grandpa, was an Australian rules footballer who played for both Melbourne and South Melbourne. Following his father's passing in December 2018, Reiffel opted out of officiating for Sri Lanka's subsequent tour of New Zealand. Paul Reiffel, a.b. "Players and Officials." Cricinfo. 4 March 2009, retrieved 11 January 2014.
He married Myra Greenlaw in 1918 and together they had three children: Peter, John and Marie. Myra died in 1991 after fighting cancer for several years. Paul passed away in 2009 at the age of 95. He is survived by his son, three daughters and their families.
Paul Reiffel was born on 24 February 1919 in North Melbourne, Victoria. He attended Trinity College where he played junior football before being recruited by Melbourne to play with them in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He stayed with the club for seven seasons, playing a total of 116 games and kicking 102 goals before moving to South Melbourne in 1934. He spent two seasons with South Melbourne before retiring from league football in 1936 at the age of 27.
After leaving professional football, Reiffel worked as a butcher's apprentice before taking up a role with the Department of Defence during World War II. Upon his return to Melbourne, he became involved in official football again and was appointed to the VFL Tribunal in 1947.
At back-row forward, he was an Australian and Ireland international as well as a New South Wales State of Origin player. He spent his whole club football career with the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League (NRL). Ricketson was born in the Australian town of Forster in the state of New South Wales. He played his junior rugby league for The Paddocks, before being recruited by the Sydney Roosters. Ricketson broke into the first-grade team in 1980 and remained there until he retired in 1992, after which he took on a coaching role with the club.
He had been a regular member of the Australian national team since 1981, when he made his debut against France. He went on to play seven tests for Australia, including the 1986 World Cup win over England. Ricketson also played at three Rugby World Cups: 1987, 1991, and 1995. In 1994, he became the first man to score 100 points in an international match when he scored two tries against Great Britain at Telstra Stadium. Ricketson's other achievements include being named at fullback in the NSW Team of the Century and being selected in the Kangaroos' squad to face Great Britain at Wembley Stadium in 1989. He is also one of only four players to have represented Australia before and after the ban on foreign-born players came into force in 1988. The others are Billy Slater, Israel Folau, and Cameron Smith.