|Full name||Joshua Perry|
4 February 1981 |
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||132 kg (20 st 11 lb) |
Josh Perry (born 4 February 1981 in Newcastle, New South Wales) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative prop forward, he played in the National Rugby League for the Newcastle Knights, with whom he won the 2001 NRL Premiership, and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2008 NRL Premiership, and played in the Super League for St. Helens. His brother James plays for the Philadelphia Fight in the American National Rugby League.
Perry attended Caves Beach Public School and his very first Rugby League Club was Swansea Junior Rugby League Club, NSW.
National Rugby League
As a Valentine Junior, Perry made his first-grade debut in round 17 of the 2000 season playing for Newcastle against the New Zealand Warriors at EnergyAustralia Stadium on 27 May. Perry was also selected for Country Origin in 2001, 2003 and 2004, scoring one try in the 2001 match. Perry played at prop forward in the 2001 NRL Grand Final-winning Newcastle team that defeated the Parramatta Eels, 30–24 at Stadium Australia on 30 September. Having won the 2001 NRL Premiership, the Knights traveled to England to play the 2002 World Club Challenge against Super League champions, the Bradford Bulls. Perry played at prop forward in Newcastle's loss.
Perry was selected to represent New South Wales as a reserve for game I of the 2003 State of Origin series. In 2007, Perry came off contract at the Newcastle Knights and he signed for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for the 2008 season on a three-year contract.
In August 2008, Perry was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. In his first year with the Sea Eagles, Perry played in the 2008 NRL Grand Final victory over the Melbourne Storm. Two days following the NRL grand final, Perry was named in the 24-man Australia squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Perry made his test debut for Australia against New Zealand from the bench in Australia's opening RLWC 08 game on 26 October.
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