Eddy Pettybourne

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Eddy Pettybourne
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Pettybourne playing for North Sydney
Personal information
Full name Edward Pettybourne
Nickname Ed
Born (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 26)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–2012 South Sydney 91 13 0 0 52
2013 Wests Tigers 12 0 0 0 0
2014– Wigan Warriors 1 0 0 0 0
Total 104 13 0 0 52
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
2013 United States 4 0 0 0 0
As of 8 September 2013
Source: Rugby League ProjectLeague Central

Edward "Eddy" Pettybourne (born 13 February 1988[1] in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a rugby league player who currently plays for the Wigan Warriors in the Super League. He previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Early years[edit]

A Mascot Jets junior, Eddy Pettybourne attended Marcellin College Randwick. He represented Australia at schoolboy level in 2005.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Pettybourne made his NRL debut against the North Queensland Cowboys in round 19 of 2007. He scored his first try in first grade in round 1 of 2009 when the Rabbitohs slaughtered the Sydney Roosters 52-12. He played every game for the Rabbitohs in 2009 and scored 7 tries to be the Rabbitohs fifth highest try scorer of the season. He made 526 tackles in 2009 which was the third highest in the club.

Pettybourne was a mainstay of the Rabbitohs for the next three years, playing in over 20 games in both 2011 and 2012. He played in all 3 semifinals in 2012, with the club finishing one game shy of the grand final.

With Souths unwilling to match the offer from Wests Tigers, Pettybourne joined his new club from 2013. Pettybourne said, "Madge and the coaching staff said they wanted to keep me, but it was my choice. I just bought a house so I wanted to make sure I was comfortable paying it off, but it was more for my family."[3] Pettybourne stayed at the Wests Tigers for one season, playing in 12 games and failing to score any points.

Pettybourne will join Super League club Wigan Warriors for the 2014 Super League season. [4] He made his debut in the opening game of the season against the Huddersfield Giants.

Representative career[edit]

In 2009, Pettybourne chose to represent New Zealand instead of playing for Australia. He was called up for the New Zealand Kiwis squad at the 2009 Four Nations as a late replacement for the injured Ben Matulino and Bronson Harrison,[5] but did not make any appearances for the team.

In April 2013, Eddy played for Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International against fierce pacific rivals Tonga.

Later in the year, he was selected to play for the USA for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[6] He played in all four of the US' world cup matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ Annual Report 2005 - Australian Rugby League
  3. ^ Michael Chammas (6 September 2012). "Ending on a high with Rabbitohs is no trivial matter for Pettybourne". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ [1] bbcsport.co.uk, 5 July 2013
  5. ^ Kiwis call up 'giant' Pettybourne rugbyleague.com, 25 October 2009
  6. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne gets USA call up for Rugby League World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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