From 1999 to 2004 he was a stalwart member of the St. Francis Xavier Rugby team serving as Captain in his final two years and winning the Caledonia Cup as MVP.From 1999-02 he was a member of various U18 and U21 teams for Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada. In the summer of 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the prestigious Rugby Canada- Rugby Academy under coach Ric Suggit in Kingston, Ontario.
After St. FX Richard made the Castaway Wanderers R.F.C. in Victoria B.C. for 2004-06 and winning Rookie of the Year. With greater visibility he advanced to the Canadian National Rugby 7’s team for 2004-06 winning thirteen international cups and playing tournaments in Dubai(2), South Africa(2), Singapore, London and Paris, a highlight in 2006 was playing for Canada at the Common Wealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. In 2006 Richard was IKON-Sports Nova Scotia Male Rugby Athlete of the Year and again in 2008 and RICOH – Sport Nova Scotia Rugby Athlete of the year in 2011.
In 2006 he returned home to obtain his education degree at Acadia University. From 2006-08 he played for Valley Bulldogs RFC in the N.S. Division 1 League. He was an invaluable member of the Nova Scotia Keltics Super League team in 1999 and 2003-08 and also the Canada East NA4 team in 2006/07 competing in four legs and two tournaments. In 2010 his Eastern Canada Rock team won the National Canadian Rugby Championship.
Richard has given back to his sport by becoming an NCCP certified coach and coaching at all levels from mini to mens and womens in high school, university, and senior ranks. The sports Heritage Wall of Fame is honoured to induct one tough and versatile guy- Richard O’Malley.