|Full name||Atawhai Samuel Perrett|
|Born||14 May 1985|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|Position||Wing, Fullback, Centre|
As of 2 July 2016
Sam Perrett (born 14 May 1985) is a former professional rugby league footballer. A representative for New Zealand at international level, he was a versatile back who was capable of playing on the wing, in the centres and at fullback. He played for the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL. Perrett was a member of the World Cup winning New Zealand team in 2008.
Perrett, of Māori and European descent, was born on 14 May 1985 in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved to Australia when he was 13. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A Gold Coast junior, Perrett came to the Sydney Roosters ahead of the 2004 season. It was in Round 15 of the 2004 season that he made his first grade debut, playing on the wing against the Newcastle Knights at Aussie Stadium. Perrett had an "impressive" debut in a 48-4 victory to the Roosters, however during the match he sustained an ankle injury and was forced to come off the field in the 54th minute. The ankle injury kept Perrett out for six weeks, however he didn't make another appearance for the Roosters all season. Perrett also played a limited role in the 2005 season, only playing 3 matches for the Roosters. Despite his few appearances, Perrett was still able to cross for his maiden first grade try, with a double in the Roosters' final round victory over the Bulldogs.
While the 2006 season was a poor one for the Roosters, it can be considered Perrett's breakthrough season as he played 17 matches, scoring 7 tries. Playing the entire season on the wing, Perrett scored a double against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round 19 and his first career hat-trick in Round 23 against the Penrith Panthers. The 2007 season was one of improvement for Perrett as he played each of the Rooster's 24 games, scoring 9 tries. He alternated between playing wing and centre for a majority of the season, however moved to fullback under the guidance of new Roosters' coach Brad Fittler in the latter part of the season, filling in for the injured Anthony Minichiello. His performances throughout the season were strong enough that he was selected as in the New Zealand squad for the historic 2007 All Golds Tour.
In the 2008 season it was announced that Perrett had signed a contract extension with the Roosters, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2012. Perrett ran 3,720 metres with the ball in 2008, more than any other player in the competition.
In 2010, Perrett made 27 appearances and scored 9 tries as the Sydney Roosters reached the 2010 NRL Grand Final against St George. Perrett played on the wing as the club were defeated 32-8 at ANZ Stadium.
In 2016 against the Sydney Roosters, Sam Perrett played his 250th NRL game. Coincidentally against his former club.
In what would be his last NRL game, he scored the final try in the elimination final as Canterbury lost 12-28 to the Penrith Panthers.
He made headlines the day after his final career game, by dressing up as The Rock in his teams Mad Monday celebrations.
Despite having played for the Australian Schoolboys, Queensland Schoolboys and New South Wales Under 19s in his junior career, Perrett swore his allegiance to New Zealand. Perrett got his first taste of senior international football playing for New Zealand A against an Australian Invitational team in a curtain raiser to a 2006 Tri-Nations match.
In October 2006 he was announced in the Kiwis Tri-Nations squad but did not go on to play any games in the series. A year later he was selected in the All Golds side to play Northern Union in the centenary test between the side and after a good performance in that game he was then selected for the New Zealand side against Great Britain in both the first and second test.
Perrett was named in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup which New Zealand won, defeating Australia in dramatic fashion. For the 2010 Anzac Test, Perrett was selected to play for New Zealand on the wing in their loss against Australia. Perrett was named on the 2010 New Zealand squad for the Four nations, in which New Zealand also won, beating Australia with two tries late on in the final.
After retiring, Perrett set up a construction company.
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