Luke Keary

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Luke Keary
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Keary playing for the North Sydney Bears in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 24)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position halfback, five-eighth, hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– South Sydney 46 9 0 0 36
As of 4 September 2015
Source: [1]

Luke Keary (born 3 February 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league player who currently plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League. Keary primarily plays at five-eighth but can fill in at halfback and hooker. Keary played in the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Premiership winning team.

Early career[edit]

Born in Ipswich, Queensland 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.[2] In Sydney, Keary played junior rugby league for the Hills District Bulls and attended Oakhill College in Castle Hill.[3] In 2010, Keary represented the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team.[4] That same year he represented the New South Wales Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) rugby league team at the Under 18's National Championships.[5][6] 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.[3] At the end of the year he won Burleigh's FOGS Colts Best Back Award.[7] 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.[8] Keary played for the Rabbitohs' NYC team in 2012, captaining the team and playing 24 games, in which he scored 20 tries.[9] 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.[10]

Playing career[edit]

2013[edit]

In January 2013, Keary was a member of the Queensland Junior Emerging Origin squad.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] On August 22, 2013, Keary extended his contract with the Rabbitohs to the end of the 2015 season.[14] 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.

2014[edit]

In February 2014, Keary was selected for the South Sydney Rabbitohs inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad, Keary was preparing his breakout year when he was chosen to play at five-eighth for the Rabbitohs in the 2014 season but was ruined early due to a torn pectoral muscle injury in the Auckland Nines match against the Penrith Panthers.[15][16] Keary made his return to the Rabbitohs team in Round 17 against the Gold Coast Titans at ANZ Stadium with Keary scoring a try in the Rabbitohs 14-10 shock upset loss.[17] On 5 October 2014, in the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Keary played at five-eighth in the Rabbitohs 30-6 victory.[18][19] Keary finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing 12 matches and scoring three tries for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

2015[edit]

On 27 January, Keary re-signed with the Rabbitohs on a 1-year contract.[20] On 23 February, he played for the Rabbitohs in the 2015 World Club Challenge match against 2014 Super League Grand Final premiers St Helens RFC, playing at five-eighth and scoring a try in the Rabbitohs' 39-0 win at Langtree Park.[21] 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.[22] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 24 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Rabbitohs.[23]

Statistics[edit]

NRL[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 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
Career totals 22 5 0 0 20 16 6 0 72.73

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Luke Keary - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Rabbitohs Half Luke Keary is the Mouse That Roared As South Sydney Brace for Big Test". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b "The Oakhill Drive" (PDF). Oakhill.nsw.edu.au. May 2012. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  4. ^ "RugbyNet - Australian Schools Rugby Union". Austschools.rugbynet.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  5. ^ "2010 - 18 Years Burleigh Heads - Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League - FOX SPORTS PULSE". Sportingpulse.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  6. ^ "NSWCIS Rugby League News and heaps of stuff". Ourfootyteam.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
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  10. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  11. ^ "McQueen and Keary Named in Emerging Maroons Squads - The Front Row Forum :: Rugby League". Forums.leagueunlimited.com. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  12. ^ "Rabbitohs Beat Knights 25-18 in NRL Round 12". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  13. ^ "Rabbitohs Blow Titans Away to Get NRL Premiership Back on Track". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  14. ^ "Rabbitohs Re-Sign Young Gun Luke Leary Until End of 2015". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  16. ^ "Rabbitoh Luke Leary to Miss Bulk of 2014 NRL Season Following Surgery". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  17. ^ "Winning Ugly Just Fine for Desperate Titans As They Beat South Sydney". The Australian. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  18. ^ "Rabbitohs Win 2014 NRL Grand Final". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  19. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  20. ^ Brad Walter (2015-01-27). "South Sydney Rabbitohs re-sign Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  21. ^ "Rabbitohs Beat Knights 25-18 in NRL Round 12". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  22. ^ "South Sydney Quite on Injury That Ruled Luke Keary Out of City of Origin Side". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  23. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/team/player-profiles.html