Robbie Farah

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Robbie Farah
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Personal information
Full name Robert Peter Farah
Born (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 31)
Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003– Wests Tigers 225 58 12 16 272
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 4
2006–2012 NSW City 6 1 0 0 4
2006–2014 Prime Minister's XIII 5 1 0 0 4
2009–2014 New South Wales 11 0 0 0 0
2009–2014 Australia 8 0 0 0 0
2010–2013 NRL All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
As of 26 October 2014
Source: [1][2]

Robert Peter "Robbie" Farah (Arabic: روبي فرح‎) (born 23 January 1984 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a professional rugby league footballer who captains the Wests Tigers club of the National Rugby League (NRL). An Australia national and New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker, he has played his entire professional career to date at the Tigers, with whom he won the 2005 NRL Premiership. Between 2006 and 2012, Farah represented City Origin six times, captaining the team from 2009 onwards.[3]


Farah is of Lebanese descent and was educated at St Mel's Primary, Campsie,[4] De La Salle College Ashfield, and the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics in 2010.

Having been a junior with Enfield Federals and Leichhardt Wanderers, as an 18-year-old in 2002, he toured with the Lebanese team, playing France in Tripoli and scoring a try.[5]

Farah supports Liverpool F.C. in the English Premier League, his favourite player being Steven Gerrard.[6][7][8][9][10]

Playing career[edit]


In Round 13 of the 2003 NRL season, Farah made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval, playing off the interchange bench in the Tigers 38-30 loss.[11] Farah finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 4 NRL matches.


Farah's season was marred by a knee re-construction and his first-grade playing time was restricted to 3 matches for 2004.[12]


With Wests Tigers hookers Robbie Mears and Darren Senter both retiring at the end of the 2004 season, Farah was the clubs main hooker for 2005. Early in the year he would often start on the bench and interchange with Ben Galea, but by the end of the year he was described as having replaced, "captain Darren Senter at hooker with relative ease."[13] In Round 7 against the Parramatta Eels, Farah scored his first and second NRL career tries in the Tigers 26-16 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[14] In Round 20 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Farah scored a hatrick in the Tigers 42-20 win at Leichhardt Oval.[15] Farah was the starting hooker in the Wests Tigers 30-16 2005 NRL grand final winning team over the North Queensland Cowboys.[16] Farah finished the Tigers successful 2005 NRL season with him playing in 27 NRL matches scoring 8 tries (32p).


As NRL Premiers, Wests faced Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Farah played at hooker in the Tigers 30-10 loss.[17] Farah was selected for the NSW City Origin squad playing in City's 12-10 loss to NSW Country Origin in Dubbo. Farah was named the Wests Tigers player of the year in the 2006 NRL season, playing in 20 matches and scoring 5 tries.[18] In September 2006, Farah was selected in the Prime Minister's XIII squad.[19] Soon after, he re-signed with the Tigers on a 4-year contract to the end of the 2010 season.[20]


In May 2007, Farah was selected for the NSW City team, scoring a try in the team 12-6 win at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.[21] Farah was named hooker of the year at the 2007 Dally M Awards, and was one point behind the Player of the Year, Johnathan Thurston.[22] Farah was again named the Wests Tigers player of the year, playing in all the Tigers 24 matches, scoring 7 tries, kicking 12 goals and 4 field goals in a stellar year for Farah in the 2007 NRL season.[23]


In August 2008, Farah was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 World Cup.[24][25] but later missed selection. Farah finished the 2008 NRL season with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 6 tries. In December 2008, Farah was offered a contract with the Gold Coast Titans commencing from 2010.[26]

Farah playing for the Wests Tigers


On 13 January 2009, it was announced that Farah had chosen to re-sign with the Wests Tigers until the end of the 2013 season, At the same time, the club appointed Farah as team captain.[27]

Farah in April 2009

In 8 May 2009, Farah captained NSW City to a 40-18 win over NSW Country in Orange, New South Wales.[28] In May 2009, Farah was named at hooker in the 17-man squad to represent New South Wales in the opening State of Origin match on 3 June 2009, in Melbourne.[29] Farah played in the first two games of the series,[30] but his performances were described as, "underwhelming."[31] Farah finished the Tigers 2009 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches, scoring 8 tries and kicking over 4 field goals. Later that year he was named in the Prime Minister's XIII to play Papua New Guinea[32] and Australia's Four-Nations squad.[33] Farah played in two matches in the 2009 Four Nations. He made his debut for Australia from the bench in the match against England, relieving starting hooker Cameron Smith just before halftime.[34] A week later he played in the starting line-up in the team that beat France 42–4.[35]


In 13 February 2010, Farah played off the interchange bench for the NRL All Stars team against the Indigenous All Stars team in the inaugural 2010 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium.[36] On 7 May 2010, Farah captained the NSW City team that lost 36-18 to NSW Country in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.[37] At the 2010 Dally M Awards Farah came second behind Todd Carney by a point, Farah was also named Hooker of the Year.[38] Farah finished the 2010 NRL season with him playing in all of the Tigers 27 matches, scoring 6 tries and kicking 4 field goals. Farah was named in the Australian squad for the 2010 Four Nations.[39] With first-choice hooker Cameron Smith playing in all matches, Farah made just one appearance, coming off the bench in the "dead-rubber" match against New Zealand.[40]


Farah finished the 2011 NRL season with him playing in all of the Tigers 27 matches, scoring 7 tries and kicking over 3 field goals. Farah was again named as second-string hooker in the 2011 Four Nations, but withdrew from the tournament for family reasons before he could make an appearance.[41]


Farah returned to State of Origin football in 2012. In the weeks leading up to the team selection, Farah was contacted by New South Wales coach Ricky Stuart, to explain that his first choice for hooker would be Danny Buderus, who had recently returned to the NRL. Furthermore, assistant coach Steve Roach declared Farah was not, "an Origin type player."[42] After an injury to Buderus, and a man-of-the-match performance in the City vs Country Origin match, Farah was named at hooker for the first match of the series.[43] Despite playing for the losing team, Farah was described as, "one of the Blues' most creative and effective players."[44] New South Wales won the second match of the series, and Farah was named as the player's player. During the match, Farah handled the ball 101 times and made a record 63 tackles, and missed no tackles. The previous record for most tackles in a State of Origin match was held by Dallas Johnson, who had made 60 in a game in 2007. Unfortunately, soon after, Robbie's mum Sonia died of cancer.[45][46] Farah was awarded the Brad Fittler Medal for the New South Wales outstanding player of the series, as voted for by his team-mates.[47]

Making 16 appearances, Farah surpassed Darren Senter's previous record of 86 games as captain of the Wests Tigers. Farah was nominated for the Dally M hooker of the year award.[48] With the departure of Chris Heighington at the end of the season, Farah became the most experienced and longest-serving player at the Wests Tigers. Farah was in the press in September 2012, when he called for harsher penalties for Twitter abusers after receiving a tweet about his recently deceased mother that he described as, "vile."[49] He said, "The laws are piss weak and people should be accountable for their comments."[50] Soon after he issued an apology, when it was revealed that he had earlier tweeted that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard should be given, "a noose," for a 50th birthday present.[50]


In 9 February 2013, Farah played off the interchange bench for the NRL All Stars team as the team lost 32-6.[51] On 22 March 2013, Farah signed a new 4-year contract to remain with the Wests Tigers until the end of the 2017 season. He said, "As captain of the club, I see myself as having the responsibility, when things aren't as good as we’d like them to be ... I see it as my challenge to help turn the club around, not to just give up and walk away. You might get cranky at some things, but you've got to ride the good times and the bad times. That’s what it's all about."[52]

Farah was chosen again to play for City in 2013, a record sixth appearance for a hooker, and the fourth consecutive time as captain.[53] Farah was selected to play hooker for NSW in the 2013 Series. Farah played and featured in all 3 games. On 12 July 2013, following an injury to NSW captain Paul Gallen in game 2 (of the 2013 State of Origin Series), Farah was named captain for NSW for the first time for the third game (the decider) at ANZ Stadium.[54] Unfortunately for New South Wales, Queensland won the third game 12-10 & won the series.[55] In Round 20 against the Manly, Farah played in his 200th NRL career match for the Tigers, scoring a try in the Tigers 36-18 loss at Campbelltown Stadium.[56] Farah finished the 2013 NRL season having played in 18 matches and scoring a try. In September 2013, Farah was selected as captain of the Prime Minister's XIII squad.[57] In October 2013, Farah was selected in the Australian 2013 World Cup squad, playing in 3 matches.[58]


In February 2014, Farah was selected and captained the Tigers inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[59] In Round 6 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Farah suffered a dislocated elbow in the 16-4 win at Campbelltown Stadium putting him in doubt for for State of Origin Game 1. Farah was ruled out for 6 weeks,[60] but made a faster recovery and returned in Round 10 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Remondis Stadium in the Tigers 22-20 win.[61] Farah was selected at hooker for the NSW Blues in Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium on the 100th State of Origin match in the Blues 12-8 win.[62] Farah was chosen at hooker for Game 2 of the 2014 State of Origin series in the 6-4 win, resulting the Blues breaking their 8 year losing streak to Queensland. Farah played in Game 3 in the 32-8 loss.

In July 2014, a feud erupted between Farah and Gorden Tallis over claims by the former great that Farah had told him Michael Potter "can't coach". Tallis said "Robbie Farah told me to my face when I was on Triple M last year on a Saturday show, he told me that Mick Potter can't coach," Tallis said. "I don't go on Chinese whispers; I go on what he told me." Later, on 4 August 2014, Tigers Coach Mick Potter said that Farah doesn’t want to leave the Tigers. "We are fine and we have always been fine, there has been no confrontation at all," Potter said.[63][64] Farah finished off the Tigers 2014 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 5 tries. On 9 September 2014, Farah was selected for the Australian Four Nations train-on squad.[65] In 29 September 2014, Farah was selected in the 2014 Prime Minister’s XIII squad.[66] Farah played in 1 match of the series in Australia's 30-12 loss to New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium.[67]




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