Jacob Hopper on his first day at Richmond, October 12, 2022.

Get to know more about the latest addition to Richmond’s playing group, Jacob Hopper.

1.    He was born on February 6, 1997, to parents Deanna and James in the small Riverina (NSW) town of Leeton.

2.    He played junior football with the Leeton-Whitton Crows, where his father coached.

3.    He joined the Greater Western Sydney academy program at just 12 years of age.

4.    He went to secondary school at St Francis de Sales Regional College in Leeton.

5.    At 17 years of age, he moved to Victoria to play TAC Cup football for the North Ballarat Rebels and he boarded at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat.

6.    He captained St Pat’s to its sixth successive Herald Sun Shield in 2015.

7.    He also captained NSW/ACT in the 2015 under-18 national championships and subsequently was selected in the All-Australian team.

8.    He was dubbed “The Raging Bull” at the North Ballarat Rebels.

9.    Leading into the 2015 AFL national draft, his playing style was likened to Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield and Sydney’s Josh Kennedy.

10.    He was taken by the Giants with their first pick (No. 7 overall) in the 2015 national draft.

11.    He made a sensational senior debut with GWS in Round 8 of the 2016 season against Gold Coast at GIANTS Stadium, racking up 32 disposals (11 in the first quarter), with 17 contested possessions, nine clearances, and was rewarded with an AFL Rising Star nomination.

12.    The most goals he has kicked in an AFL season is 10, which he’s done three times.

13.    He had 19 disposals, eight contested possessions and kicked one of the Giants’ three goals in the 2019 Grand Final against Richmond.


14.    He has played 11 games all-up at the MCG for four wins and seven losses.

15.    In 2021, he polled Brownlow Medal votes in nine games for a career-high total of 15.

16.    He has a 56.1% winning strike rate in his AFL career.

17.    He is a keen surfer.

18.    His dream place to live in the world is New Zealand.

19.    He barracked for North Melbourne as a kid.

20.    His nickname is “Hops”.