|Born||22 January 1990|
Rotorua, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
|Position||Centre, Wing, Fullback|
As of 6 September 2019
Dean Whare (pronounced //) (born 22 January 1990) is a New Zealand rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL, and New Zealand and the New Zealand Māori international level.
In round 12 of the 2010 NRL season, Whare made his NRL debut against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, scoring three tries in the Sea Eagles 24–20 win, the first time a player has scored three tries in his top-grade debut for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Whare played in 4 matched and scored 3 tries in his debut year in the NRL.
In 2012, Whare has divided his playing time between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles NRL side, and the New South Wales Cup. This was due to Manly's established backline which included representative players Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, team captain Jamie Lyon, Jorge Taufua and David Williams. Becoming something of a "Mr Fix-it" for the Sea Eagles when called into the top grade, Whare played in the centres, on the wing, and at fullback during the season. On 30 May 2012, Whare announced that he had signed for the Penrith Panthers from 2013, citing the opportunity to establish himself as one of the NRL's top centres. Despite expressing a desire to stay at Manly beyond 2012, Whare felt his opportunities to play centre was limited at Manly due the presence of club co-captain Jamie Lyon and Kiwi international centre Steve Matai. Whare finished the 2012 NRL season with playing in 21 matches and scoring 6 tries for the Sea Eagles.
In round 1 of the 2013 NRL season, against the Canberra Raiders, Whare made his club debut for the Penrith Panthers at fullback in the Panthers 32–10 win at Penrith Stadium. Whare started the season playing at fullback until he cemented a centre position from round 7 onwards. In round 7, against the Parramatta Eels, Whare scored his first try club try for the Panthers in the 44–12 win at Penrith Stadium. For the 2013 ANZAC Test, Whare was selected to play for New Zealand at centre in the Kiwis 12–32 loss against Australia. Whare finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in all of the Panthers 24 matches and scoring 5 tries. Whare was selected in the New Zealand 2013 World Cup squad, playing in 5 matches. He scored 2 tries against Papua New Guinea in the Kiwis 56–10 win. Whare played at centre in the Kiwis 2–34 loss to Australia in the World Cup Final at Old Trafford. On 13 December 2013, Whare agreed to a 3-year contract extension with the Penrith Panthers, until the end of the 2017 season.
Whare was selected for New Zealand in the 2014 ANZAC Test against Australia at centre in the Kiwis 18–30 loss at the SFS. Whare played in 26 matches and scored 12 tries in the Panthers 2014 NRL season.
On 7 October 2014, Whare was selected in the New Zealand national rugby league team final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series. Whare played at centre in the Kiwis 22–18 Four Nations final win over Australia at Westpac Stadium.
Whare finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 13 matches and 6 tries for Panthers. On 8 October, Whare was selected in the 23-man New Zealand squad to tour England. Whare played in all 3 matches against England at centre in the Kiwis' 2–1 Baskerville Shield series loss.
Whare played in the 18–16 loss at Penrith Stadium in round 2 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. This was his only match of the season after battling a calf tear injury before a season-ending knee injury happened during training.
Whare made 24 appearances for Penrith in the 2018 NRL season as the club finished 5th on the table and qualified for the finals. Whare played in both finals games as Penrith reached the elimination final against Cronulla-Sutherland but lost 21-20 at the Sydney Football Stadium which ended their season.
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