Richie Barnett

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Richie Barnett was a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s, playing for clubs in New Zealand, Australia and England. He developed myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) which forced him into retirement. He reports that he is 80% recovered now and works as a sport broadcaster and sports writer.[1][2]

Barnett played in the 1992 Pacific Cup, 1995 World Cup, 1996 & 1997 Super League World Nines tournament, 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament, and was team captain for New Zealand as a fullback at the 2000 World Cup.

In 2000, he sustained a facial injury during a match and had to have surgery that involved having 10 plates inserted into his skull. He has stated that he would rather go through that surgery again, than live with ME/CFS once more:

“It was one of the most difficult and painful things I’ve been through, a complete facial reconstruction. But I would rather go through that again than go through ME. Hands down. Because you know there’s a start and there’s an end.”[3][2]

He is the face of the Associated New Zealand ME Society (ANZMES).[4]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ritchie Barnett | Celebrity Treasure Ireland". TVNZ. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Life with ME/CFS | Rugby league captain Richie Barnett". YouTube. July 25, 2015.
  3. "Living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)". Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  4. Associated New Zealand ME Society (September 10, 2014). "Richie Barnett our face of ME/CFS in New Zealand". Associated New Zealand ME Society. Retrieved November 17, 2021.