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Mitchell Pearce
Personal information
Nickname Junior
Born (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– Sydney Roosters 203 54 0 3 219
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–12 NSW City 3 0 0 0 0
2008–15 New South Wales 15 1 0 0 4
2011 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 21 December 2014
Source: [1]

Mitchell Pearce (born 7 April 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative half-back, he has played his entire career with the Roosters and was a member of their 2013 NRL Premiership-winning team. Pearce has also played for the City New South Wales team. His father, Wayne Pearce, is a former NSW State of Origin and Australian test player and is a commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Pearce has been involved in several controversies. As of 27 January 2016, following his actions at an Australia Day party, his NRL career is in doubt.

Playing career

Pearce played rugby union while at Barker College, before transferring to Marist College North Shore for his senior years, where he played league alongside his friend Kieran Foran.[2][3]

Pearce made his National Rugby League debut for the Sydney Roosters on 24 March 2007 against the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium.[4] After three First Grade appearances for the Roosters, Pearce's contract was extended by the club to the end of the 2010 season.[5]

In his debut season, he scored 2 tries and registered 13 try assists,[6] a back injury keeping him out of the latter part of the season.[7] In an early career highlight, Pearce ran 80 metres to score a last-minute try, snatching victory for the Sydney Roosters against the Penrith Panthers in a 24–20 win on 16 June 2007.[8]


Pearce was named as half-back for the City Origin Team in the annual City vs Country Origin match.[9] In his senior representative debut, City drew 22-all with Country.[10]

On 2 July 2008, Pearce made his State Of Origin debut, replacing the injured Peter Wallace as halfback for the NSW Blues in the series decider. They were defeated 16-10. Pearce later said, "In hindsight I wish I never played that early when I was 19 to 22. I definitely wasn't ready. As a halfback in Origin at 19, it was way too early. I probably developed some bad doubts from that period in those first few games. It's a daunting thing."[11]


Pearce was selected as NSW's halfback for games II and III of State of Origin, having missed out in 2009, but NSW won neither match.


Pearce was again selected as NSW's halfback for games II and III of State of Origin. Pearce scored a try in the first match, NSW won the second.


Pearce was again selected at halfback by New South Wales, this time for the whole State of Origin series. NSW won the second match.


Pearce formed a new halves combination at the Roosters with former New Zealand Warriors five-eighth, James Maloney, and they were both subsequently selected for the State of Origin series. After winning the first game in Sydney, NSW lost the three match series to Queensland again. Pearce was one of the members of the Roosters' 2013 side which won both the minor premiership and the premiership itself, defeating the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 26–18 in the Grand Final.


Pearce was made co-captain of the Roosters side this year and became the youngest player in NRL history to play 200 matches.[12] Although he was passed over for the 2014 State of Origin series, which New South Wales won, Pearce was again selected for the 2015 series. NSW won the second match.

Point Scoring Summary – Roosters (NRL)

Season Appearance Interchange Tries Goals F/G Points
2007(Roosters) 13 3 2 8
2008(Roosters) 25 7 1 29
2009(Roosters) 24 8 1 33
2010(Roosters) 22 9 36
2011(Roosters) 21 3 1 13
2012(Roosters) 22 10 40
2013(Roosters) 26 5 20
2014(Roosters) 26 9 36
2015(Roosters) 21 1 -
Overall 200 3 54 0 3 215


2014 King Cross nightclub

In May 2014 Pearce was fined $20,000 and suspended for one game by the Roosters following an incident in a Kings Cross nightclub. A video broadcast on the Nine Network appeared to show a woman in a yellow dress becoming agitated by Pearce's actions. She had made a complaint to the police, but did not proceed with further action. The police issued an infringement notice to Pearce for failing to leave the club when asked and banned him from the Kings Cross area for 48 hours.[13]

2016 Australia Day party

On 27 January 2016 a video of Pearce at an Australia Day party in a Sydney apartment, was aired on the Nine Network. In the video, Pearce, visibly intoxicated, forces an unwanted kiss on a woman and when rejected simulates sex with her dog, having urinated on himself and her couch.[14][15]

Within hours the Sydney Roosters, of whom he is club co-captain, released a short statement stating that they had advised the NRL’s Integrity Unit of the incident and would conduct an internal investigation. The NRL in turn asked the Roosters for a report into the incident.[15][16] Early on 28 January it was reported that the Roosters would strip him of the captaincy, fine him $50,000 and amend his contract to allow immediate sacking in future, while the NRL could suspend him for six months.[17] Later the same day it was reported that Roosters and the NRL would discuss the possibility of him being sacked. [18]

On 29 January an emotional Pearce read a statement to the media which included these words: "I would like to unreservedly apologise to everyone for my actions. My behaviour was unacceptable. I'm embarrassed and take full responsibility for my actions. I acknowledge I have a problem with alcohol and it is something I have to address. It is not an excuse but a realisation that I finally need help." The Roosters announced on the same day that Pearce had left Australia for treatment in an "intensive rehabilitation facility for an extended period".[19][20]


  1. ^ Mitchell Pearce
  2. ^ Glenn Jackson (5 October 2013). "Blood brothers geared up for the biggest fight of their lives". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  3. ^ JESSICA HALLORAN (28 March 2010). "Pearce has touch of the legends". THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Mitchell Pearce – profile NRL. Retrieved 11 March 2008
  5. ^ Roosters extend Pearce's contract Fox Sports News. Retrieved 11 March 2008
  6. ^ Mitchell Pearce statistics NRL Stats. Retrieved 8 May 2008
  7. ^ Pearce out for six weeks Sydney Roosters. Retrieved 8 May 2008
  8. ^ Rookies get Roosters home Retrieved 8 May 2008
  9. ^ Pearce gets his chance in City-Country clash Live News. Retrieved 8 May 2008
  10. ^ Honours shared in City Country clash ABC News. Retrieved 8 May 2008
  11. ^ Michael Chammas (13 June 2015). "State of Origin: Mitchell Pearce opens up about his demons and his regret NSW first selected him at 19". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mitchell Pearce". Roosters official site. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Mitchell Pearce in Kings Cross: Woman in yellow dress identifies herself". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "NRL superstar Mitchell Pearce's future in doubt after video emerges of lewd act at Australia Day party". 9news. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Mitchell Pearce dog video: Sydney Roosters captain filmed simulating lewd act, NRL future in doubt". ABC News. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Club Statement". 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "'It should end his career': NRL adviser slams Mitchell Pearce for his 'disrespect towards women' after the Sydney Roosters captain is filmed simulating sex with a DOG and urinating on himself". Mail Online. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. >
  18. ^ "Sydney Roosters, NRL to discuss sacking Mitchell Pearce over lewd dog video". ABC News. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "NRL investigates possible Roosters drug use". Channel Nine Wide World of Sports. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Mitchell Pearce entering intensive rehabilitation facility overseas after admitting to alcohol problem". ABC News. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.