He was named 'Apollo 11' because he was born on the day that the Apollo space project was launched.
In the 1991 Rugby Union World Cup he played as an open side flanker, in the Samoans' four games (against Scotland, Wales, Argentina and Australia). During the World Cup he gained the nickname of "Terminator" for his fierce, hard-hitting tackling technique. He was the first player in world rugby to change the defensive tackle into an offensive attacking weapon. In 1994 he received an approach from St Helens to play rugby league in England. At first he rejected it, but finally agreed. In 1995 he played for rugby league for Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup, making him the first Samoan to play in World Cups in both codes.
At age 33, after finishing his rugby league playing career, he returned to Rugby Union's Sale Sharks as a player. After retiring from playing he joined the Sale's Coaching staff. In 2004 he returned to St Helens as the team's Head of Strength and Conditioning and Skills coach. Apollo helped St Helens to 4 Challenge Cup titles 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. 4 League Leaders titles 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. 1 World Club Championship 2007. 1 Grand Final Winners 2006, and also picking up the prestigious BBC sports Team Of The Year in 2006.
He now lives in Dubai and is the Director of Sport at Repton School Dubai a private school and Wayne McDonald is keen to get him involved with rugby league in the United Arab Emirates. He currently runs two sporting Academies - Apollo Perelini Rugby Skills Academy (www.aprsa.com) and JETS (a female football academy), at an increasing number of venues around the emirate.