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TJ Perenara

A LIVEWIRE halfback and extraordinary scavenger of the ball, the competitive Thomas “TJ” Perenara has been at the top of his game, bringing up his 50th Test cap during last year’s Investec Rugby Championship.
 
An All Blacks debut was some time coming for Perenara, who was named in two squads and spent time on the bench in 2013 before he finally got the chance to make his debut in 2014.
 
Perenara’s powerful pass and his attacking abilities – in particular, his ability to spot and take gaps in opposition defensive lines – are a key asset.
 
His outstanding potential was first spotted at secondary school level, and he has always made the most of his opportunities, whether with Wellington, the Hurricanes or the All Blacks.
 
While at Mana College in Wellington, Perenara was part of the New Zealand Schools side in 2009 and 2010 and made his debut for the Wellington Lions. He won the 2011 Junior World Championship with New Zealand Under 20, alongside several of his All Blacks teammates.
 
Perenara had a hugely satisfying 2016 with regular Tests under his belt and an Investec Super Rugby Champions medal hanging up at home.

In October 2017, Perenara announced his long-term commitment to NZ Rugby by signing through to 2021.

Player
Position:
Halfback
Born:
23/01/1992
Physical:
1.84m, 90kg
Test Debut:
v England at Auckland, 7 June 2014
Test Points Breakdown:
11t
Test Points:
55
Caps:
57
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Super Rugby Team:
Hurricanes

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    Wellington Lions (2010-)
    New Zealand Secondary Schools (2010, 2009)
    Hurricanes Schools (2010, 2009)

    Favourites:
    Rugby ground:  Trust Porirua Park – North’s home ground
    Rugby player and why: Dan Carter because of his composure
    Food: Lasagne
    Actor/Actress: Will Smith and Denzel Washington
    Movie: Men of Honour
    Book: Money Talks
    Singer/Band/Music type: Kalohe Kai, Regge
    Holiday destination: Australia
    Non-rugby sports team: NSW State of Origin
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why:  Tiger Woods because he is the greatest sportsman of all time
    Earliest rugby memories: Playing rugby with my cousin Byron on the lawn at Grandmas
    I hate it when….People say I can’t have it
    I can’t live without…..Family and friends
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….A teacher or a policeman

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (+)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (+)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (+)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (+)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (+)
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13 (+)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (+)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago (-)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (+)
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16 (-)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (+)

2015
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (-)
25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20 (+)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (+)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13 (+)
20 Sep vs Argentina at London 26-16 (+)
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14 (-)

2016 
11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (+)
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (+)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (+)
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 (+)
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15 (-)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10 (-)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (+)
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (+)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19 (-)

2017
16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0 (+)
23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15 (+)
1 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 21-24 (+)
8 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 15-15 (+)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (+)
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (+)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (+)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (+)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (+)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (+)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (+)

2018
9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (+)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (+)
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14 (+)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13 (+)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (+)
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (-)
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30 (+)
27 Oct v Australia at Yokohama 37-20 (-)
10 Nov v England at Twickenham 16 - 15 (+)
17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 9 - 16 (+)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)

2019
27 Jul v South Africa 16-16 (-)
10 Aug v Australia at Perth 26-47 (+)