Luke Keary

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Luke Keary
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Personal information
Born (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 26)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Playing information
PositionHalfback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 South Sydney 63 12 0 0 48
2017– Sydney Roosters 49 13 0 2 53
Total 112 25 0 2 101
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018 Australia 2 0 0 0 0
As of 7 October 2018
Source: [1]

Luke Keary (born 3 February 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. Keary plays at halfback and five-eighth. Keary previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs with whom he won the 2014 NRL Premiership. Keary again won the premiership and Clive Churchill medal in the 2018 Grand Final for the Sydney Roosters.

Luke Keary married high school sweetheart Amy Bugeja on October 14, 2017.

Early career[edit]

Born in Ipswich, Queensland, of Irish descent[2] and raised in the suburb of Raceview, Keary attended St. Mary's Primary School in Ipswich and played junior rugby league for Ipswich Brothers. At age 10, Keary moved to Sydney with his family.[3] In Sydney, Keary played junior rugby league for the Kellyville Bushrangers and later Hills District Bulls and attended Oakhill College in Castle Hill.[4] In 2010, Keary represented the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team.[5] That same year he represented the New South Wales Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) rugby league team at the Under 18's National Championships.[6][7] In 2011, Keary returned to Queensland, moving to the Gold Coast where he attended Griffith University and played a season with the Burleigh Bears, playing for their FOGS Colts and Queensland Cup teams.[4] At the end of the year he won Burleigh's FOGS Colts Best Back Award.[8] Growing up, Keary supported the Brisbane Broncos, idolising Allan Langer who also hails from Ipswich, and stated his ambitions of one day representing them before signing with the South Sydney Rabbitohs ahead of the 2012 NRL season.[9] Keary played for the Rabbitohs' NYC team in 2012, captaining the team and playing 24 games, in which he scored 20 tries.[10] At the end of season, he was named on the bench in the 2012 NYC Team of the Year and won South Sydney's NYC Best and Fairest award.[11]

Keary playing for the North Sydney Bears in 2012

Playing career[edit]


In January 2013, Keary was a member of the Queensland Junior Emerging Origin squad.[12] In Round 12 of the 2013 NRL season, Keary made his NRL debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Newcastle Knights off the interchange bench in the Rabbitohs 25-18 win at ANZ Stadium.[13] In Round 20 against the Gold Coast Titans, Keary scored his first and second tries NRL career tries off the interchange bench in the Rabbitohs 32-4 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[14] On August 22, 2013, Keary extended his contract with the Rabbitohs to the end of the 2015 season.[15] Keary finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 10 matches and scoring 2 tries for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the 2013 NRL season.


In February, Keary was selected for the Rabbitohs inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. Keary was preparing his breakout year but it was ruined early due to a torn pectoral muscle injury in the Nines.[16][17] Keary made his return to the Rabbitohs team in Round 17 against the Titans, scoring a try in the Rabbitohs 14-10 shock loss.[18] On 5 October, in the 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Keary played at five-eighth in the 30-6 victory.[19][20] Keary finished the season with 3 tries from 12 matches.


On 27 January, Keary re-signed with the Rabbitohs on a 1-year contract.[21] On 23 February, he played for the Rabbitohs in the 2015 World Club Challenge match against 2014 Super League Grand Final premiers St. Helens, playing at five-eighth and scoring a try in the Rabbitohs' 39-0 win at Langtree Park.[22] In April, he was selected for the New South Wales City team for the annual City vs Country Origin match, but withdrew due to a foot injury.[23] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 24 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Rabbitohs.[24]


In January, Keary was involved in an ugly bust-up with actor and Rabbitohs club co-owner Russell Crowe in a boozy pre-season bonding session at Crowe’s farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales. It was revealed that Keary was furious at Crowe after he berated him, Cameron McInnes and some of the younger players. Keary defended them then Crowe told him that he not worth the money of his contract, sending Keary into a rage towards Crowe then at senior Rabbitohs leader Sam Burgess for reportedly not sticking up for the younger players. After that he was ordered by Crowe to leave his property, so left catching a taxi at about 3:00am.[25][26]

At the start of the year, Keary, who was off contract at season’s end, was linked to sign with the Sydney Roosters, the St George Illawarra Dragons who offered him a contract worth $1.2 million over 3-years, or even a shift to Rugby Union for 2017.[27][28] On 21 June, Keary announced that he signed a 2-year contract with the Roosters starting in 2017.[29][30] In Round 21 against the Canberra Raiders, Keary would play his last match for the Rabbitohs after he suffered a season ending hamstring injury in the woeful 54-4 loss at ANZ Stadium.[31] Keary finished his last season with the Rabbitohs with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 3 tries in the 2016 NRL season.


In Round 1 of the 2017 NRL season, Keary made his club debut for Roosters against the Gold Coast Titans, having a successful match by scoring 2 tries in the 32-18 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[32] Keary made 26 appearances for Eastern Suburbs and was part of the side which made it all the way to the preliminary final before suffering a shock defeat to a depleted North Queensland side 29-16.[33][34]


In 2018, Keary suffered a broken jaw at pre season training and missed over a month of training and trial games.[35]

Keary received the Clive Churchill medal in the 2018 Grand Final where his team the Roosters beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6.

He capped a stellar season by earning selection in the Australian Kangaroos team as starting five-eighth for Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.[36]



Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season [1]
Denotes seasons in which Keary won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts W L D W-L %
2013 South Sydney 10 2 0 0 8 7 3 0 70.00
2014 South Sydney 12 3 0 0 12 9 3 0 75.00
2015 South Sydney 24 4 0 0 16 13 11 0 54.17
2016 South Sydney 17 3 0 0 12 4 13 0 23.53
2017 Sydney Roosters 25 8 0 0 32 18 7 0 72.00
Career totals 88 20 0 0 80 51 37 0 57.95


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