Frank Pritchard

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Frank Pritchard
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Personal information
Full name Frank Semu Pritchard[1]
Nickname Cranky, Frank the Tank[2]
Born (1983-11-03) 3 November 1983 (age 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–10 Penrith Panthers 144 37 0 0 148
2011– Canterbury-Bankstn. 79 12 0 0 48
Total 223 49 0 0 196
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–13 New Zealand 27 6 0 0 24
2014 Samoa 3 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Frank Semu Pritchard (born 3 November 1983 in Australia) is a professional rugby league footballer currently playing for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League (NRL). A New Zealand national representative forward, he previously played for the Penrith Panthers.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Of Samoan descent, Pritchard played his junior rugby league for the St Clair Comets and Campbelltown City Kangaroos. [5] Pritchard attended Eagle Vale High School.

Playing career[edit]

Penrith Panthers[edit]

Pritchard made his National Rugby League debut on 3 May 2003 (round 8) for the Penrith Panthers against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Pritchard was first selected to represent New Zealand in 2005. Pritchard was a part of the Kiwis Squad who lost to the Australians 16-12 in extra time. He scored one try, his first international points.

On 17 February 2007, just before the NRL season, Pritchard and his brother Tom were involved in a violent confrontation in the Liverpool area. His brother reportedly received four knife wounds, including one to the pulmonary artery. Pritchard was stabbed in the hand, which led to him having an operation the next day.[6] He was selected to play for the New Zealand national team from the interchange bench in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia.[7]

Pritchard was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[8]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

Pritchard joined Canterbury-Bankstown for the 2011 season. For the 2013 Anzac Test Pritchard was selected to play for New Zealand at second-row forward, scoring a try in the loss against Australia.

On 5 October 2014, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Pritchard played off the bench in the Bulldogs 30-6 loss.[9][10]

On 7 October 2014, Pritchard was selected in the Samoa national rugby league team 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[11][12]

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