|Campese playing for the Raiders in 2008|
4 August 1984 |
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (15 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Five-eighth, Halfback, Lock|
|2009||New South Wales||1||0||0||0||0|
|As of 15 February 2015|
Terry Campese (born 4 August 1984 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Hull Kingston Rovers in the European Super League competition. A former Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative five-eighth, he is also the nephew of rugby union legend, David Campese. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League.
Campese grew up playing both league and union and always believed he would follow his uncle David in the 15-man code. However the advice of Neil Henry helped persuade him to join the Canberra Raiders youth set-up and turn down offers from Randwick DRUFC (where David is a club legend) and the Brumbies Academy.
Campese made his first-grade debut during the 2004 season, appearing 4 times. He made a further 5 appearances in 2005, playing at five-eighth or lock. Injury destroyed his campaign the following year and in 2007 Campese struggled to show consistent form, playing 12 games as Canberra preferred to use Todd Carney at five-eighth and Michael Dobson at halfback. After Dobson departed two games into the 2008 season, Carney shifted to half back and Campese was given an opportunity to stake a claim at five-eighth. Campese was injured in the 2009 NRL season and couldn't join training sessions.
The turning point in the career of Campese came two thirds of the way into the 2008 season when his halves partner and friend Todd Carney was released for disciplinary reasons. Until now Campese had been contributing to the Raider’s sporadic success but Carney was the dominant playmaker. He stepped into the shoes and with the added responsibility and freedom began a series of dominant displays as memorable as they were devastating. For example, Campese scored 36 points in round 22 against the Panthers with 10 goals and 4 tries. He had a chance to equal Mal Meninga's record of 38 points with a simple kick from in front of the goal posts but decided against the opportunity with the train of thought that he had not yet made a name for himself fitting of such a prestigious club record. Canberra won the game 74–12. He assumed the goal kicking duties and became the side’s main attacking point as Canberra finished the season second only to Champion’s Manly in point scoring. He finished the season first in line-break assists (25) and 4th in try assists (25), and added 10 tries and 40 goals.
The club tabled a contract extension in 2008 which was withdrawn as the Raiders attempted to sign Trent Barrett. After Barrett's signing with the Sharks, Campese came back into the frame and signed a 2-year contract extension (after interest from the Melbourne Storm).
After a strong season in 2008, Campese was voted the best five-eighth of the year and was just three points off winning the Dally M Medal. He was also his club's top point scorer.
In 2009 the Raiders did not make the finals but Campese continue build on his skills and was named in the City vs Country game and State of Origin.
Then in 2010, Campese was named co-captain with Alan Tongue. As Tongue had many injuries during the year, Campese was one of only a few senior players in the side. He helped lead the Raiders into the finals at 7th position. Campese led the Raiders to their first semifinal victory in 10 years with a win over the Penrith Panthers, but were knocked out a week later by the Wests Tigers. In the Tigers game Campese went off with an injury which would see him out of action for 9 months. He returned in Round 13 2011 against the North Queensland Cowboys. However, he re-injured himself with a groin injury after an attempted tackle. He would be out of action for the rest of the 2011 season. He returned in 2012 only to be devastated by injured again in round 7 against the Brisbane Broncos which sidelined the star for the rest of the season. Campese returned in round 6 2013 against the New Zealand Warriors at Canberra Stadium.
In December 2014, Campese was released from the final year of his contract with the Raiders to join Hull KR. His form had dipped toward the end of the 2014 season and new coach Ricky Stuart had relegated him to playing New South Wales Cup football for the Mount Pritchard Mounties.
In 2008 Campese earned selection in the Prime Minister's XIII and was subsequently named in the Australia squad for the World Cup. Campese played in one game, the group match against PNG. During the first half he suffered an eye injury, which saw him unable to finish the game as well as ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.
In May 2009, Campese was named in the 17 man squad to represent New South Wales in the opening State of Origin match on 3 June 2009, in Melbourne. Campese was dropped after the first game which saw the Blues lose 28–18 and has not since represented New South Wales.
Campese is of Italian descent and subsequently switched his allegiance to Italy. He was named in the 24-man squad for their 2013 World Cup campaign but he later withdrew after receiving medical advice to stay in Canberra because of his knees.
- NRL Stats
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