|Full name||Frank Semu Pritchard|
|Nickname||Cranky, Frank the Tank|
3 November 1983 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 9 lb)|
|2012||NRL All Stars||1||0||0||0||0|
Frank Semu Pritchard (born 3 November 1983) is an Australian-born professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand and Samoan international representative, Pritchard's main positions are in the second-row and at lock. Pritchard previously played for the Penrith Panthers between 2003 and 2010.
Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Pritchard is of Samoan descent. Pritchard played his junior rugby league for the St Clair Comets and Campbelltown City Kangaroos and attended Eagle Vale High School before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.
In Round 8 of the 2003 NRL season, Pritchard made is NRL debut for Penrith Panthers against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles off the interchange bench in the Panthers 30-29 win at Penrith Stadium. Pritchard was named 18th man for the Panthers 2003 NRL Grand Final squad playing the Sydney Roosters. Pritchard finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing 7 games for the Panthers in the 2003 NRL season.
In Round 15 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Pritchard scored his first career try in the Panthers 32-12 win at Remondis Stadium. Pritchard finished the 2004 NRL season with him played in 12 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Panthers.
Pritchard played the first 5 games of the 2005 season off the interchange bench before an opportunity came along for Pritchard to start when regular starting second rower Tony Puletua was sidelined with a season ending pectoral muscle injury. Pritchard played in the 2005 ANZAC Test, making his international test debut for New Zealand against Australia at second-row in the Kiwis 16-32 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Pritchard finished the 2005 NRL season with him playing in 22 matches and scoring a try for the Panthers. Pritchard was selected to represent New Zealand in the end of year Tri-Nations series, playing in 3 matches.
Pritchard was selected for New Zealand in the 2006 ANZAC Test, coming off the interchange bench in the Kiwis 12-50 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Pritchard finished the 2006 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Panthers. Pritchard was selected to represent New Zealand in the 2006 Tri-Nations series, playing in 4 matches, including scoring a try in the Kiwis 12-16 golden point final loss against Australia at the SFS.
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. Pritchard was selected to for New Zealand in the 2007 ANZAC Test, coming off the interchange bench in the Kiwis 6-30 loss at Suncorp Stadium. In Round 23 against the Newcastle Knights, Pritchard scored a hatrick of tries in the Panthers 46-12 win at Hunter Stadium. Pritchard finished the Panthers 2007 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 14 tries. Pritchard was selected to represent New Zealand in the 2007 All Golds Tour series, playing in 3 matches.
Pritchard was selected to for New Zealand in the century Trans-Tasman test match at the SCG, playing off the interchange bench in the Kiwis 12-28 loss. Pritchard finished the 2008 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 6 tries for the Panthers. Pritchard was named in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup but didn’t play a match in the tournament.
Pritchard finished the 2009 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 6 tries for the Panthers. Pritchard was selected to represent New Zealand in the 2009 Four Nations series, playing in 3 matches.
On 25 August 2010, Pritchard agreed to 3 year deal to sign with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs from 2011 onwards. In Round 26 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Pritchard scored a hatrick in the Panthers 50-12 win at Penrith Stadium. Pritchard played in 20 matches and scored 5 tries in his final season with the Penrith Panthers. Pritchard was selected to represent New Zealand in the 2010 Four Nations series, playing in 3 matches.
In Round 1 of the 2011 NRL season, Pritchard made his club debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the Wests Tigers off the interchange bench, scoring a try in the Bulldogs 24-14 win at ANZ Stadium. Pritchard finished his first year with the club with him playing in all of the Bulldogs 24 matches and scoring 4 tries.
On 6 February 2012, Pritchard was chosen to play for the NRL All Stars off the interchange bench in the 28-12 win over the Indigenous All Stars at Robina Stadium. Pritchard was selected to for New Zealand in the 2012 ANZAC Test at second-row in the Kiwis 12-20 loss at Eden Park. On 30 September 2012, In the Bulldogs 2012 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm, Pritchard started at second-row in the Bulldogs 4-14 loss. Pritchard finished the 2012 NRL season with him playing in 26 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Bulldogs. Pritchard was selected to for New Zealand in the October 2012 test against Australia at second-row in the Kiwis 10-18 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.
For the 2013 Anzac Test, Pritchard was selected to play for New Zealand at second-row, scoring a try in the 12-32 loss. Pritchard finished the Bulldogs 2013 NRL season with him playing 19 matches and scoring 3 tries. Pritchard was selected in New Zealand's 2013 World Cup squad, playing in 3 matches.
On 23 January 2014, Pritchard was appointed as a co-captain of the Bulldogs team for the 2014 NRL season, alongside Michael Ennis. In Round 6, against the New Zealand Warriors at Eden Park, Pritchard suffered a pectoral muscle tear injury. This sidelined Pritchard until Round 26 where he played off the interchange bench in the Bulldogs golden point extra time 18-19 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Robina Stadium. On 5 October 2014, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Pritchard played off the interchange bench in the Bulldogs 6-30 loss. Pritchard finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing 10 matches and scoring a try for the Bulldogs. On 7 October 2014, Pritchard was selected in the Samoan 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series. Pritchard played in all 3 matches for Samoa, making his debut against England in Samoa's 26-32 loss at Suncorp Stadium.
On 23 January 2015, Pritchard was named in the Bulldogs 2015 Auckland Nines squad. On 2 May 2015, he captained Samoa in their Polynesian Cup battle with Tonga. He made headlines after making a try-saving 'double-team' hit, along with Sam Kasiano, on Tonga's Jorge Taufua to force him into touch in the 77th minute and prevent a try to lose the lead. On 19 June 2015, he signed a 3-year contract with Super League team Hull F.C. starting in 2016.
- PRITCHARD, FRANK SEMU 2005 - 2010 - KIWI #718 nzleague.co.nz
- Frank Pritchard rugbyleagueproject.org