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Rhys Howden

The captain and mainstay of Australia's water polo team, Rhys Howden was born into the sport.

His father Phil captained Great Britain in the late 1970s and his brother BJ was a former team-mate until hip problems curtailed his career at the age of 24.

While rugby union, soccer and tennis competed for his attentions as a child, Howden took to water polo as a teenager, playing for the Brisbane Barracudas, and at 17 was selected for a two-year scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

He has since competed in three Olympic Games, helping Australia to eighth at Beijing 2008, seventh at London 2012 and ninth at Rio 2016.

They also finished ninth, eighth and eighth respectively at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

Prior to the Rio Olympics, Howden's team won the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in California, beating Japan, the USA and China along the way to beating Brazil in the final.

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