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TJ Perenara

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.

1.84m, 94kg
Test Debut:
v England at Auckland, 7 June 2014
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    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
    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

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 (+)

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 (-)

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 (-)