A livewire halfback and extraordinary scavenger of the ball, TJ Perenara is a player packed full of potential, with a powerful pass. His attacking abilities – in particular his ability to spot and quickly move through the gaps in opposition defensive lines – has long attracted the attention of the selectors, together with his quick-thinking execution of the halfback’s traditional tasks.
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 run on the field in 2014.
He was previously part of the 2011 New Zealand Under 20 Championship-winning team and was part of the New Zealand Schools side in 2009 and 2010, making his ITM Cup debut while still at school.
v England at Auckland, 7 June 2014
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Wellington Lions ITM Cup squad (2010)
New Zealand Secondary Schools (2010, 2009)
Hurricanes Schools (2010, 2009)
Rugby ground: Trust Porirua Park – North’s home ground
Rugby player and why: Dan Carter because of his composure
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