Terry Campese

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Terry Campese
Terry Campese Hull KR.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Campo
Born (1984-08-04) 4 August 1984 (age 32)
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Halfback, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–14 Canberra Raiders 139 24 124 1 345
2015–16 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 2 4 0 16
2017 Queanbeyan Blues 8 1 39 0 82
Total 173 27 167 1 443
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 1 0 2
2009 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
2009 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
2016 Italy 3 2 13 0 34
As of 22 November 2016
Source: [2][3]

Terry Campese (born 4 August 1984) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. A former Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative five-eighth, he is also the nephew of rugby union player David Campese. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League and Hull Kingston Rovers in the European Super League competition.

Early life[edit]

Campese in action for Canberra
Campese playing for the Raiders in 2008

Campese grew up playing both league and union and always believed he would follow his uncle David in the 15-man code. However the advice of Neil Henry helped persuade him to join the Canberra Raiders youth set-up and turn down offers from Randwick DRUFC and the Brumbies Academy.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Campese made his first-grade debut during the 2004 season, appearing 4 times. He made a further 5 appearances in 2005, playing at five-eighth or lock. Injury destroyed his campaign the following year and in 2007 Campese struggled to show consistent form, playing 12 games as Canberra preferred to use Todd Carney at five-eighth and Michael Dobson at halfback. After Dobson departed two games into the 2008 season, Carney shifted to half back and Campese was given an opportunity to stake a claim at five-eighth. Campese was injured in the 2009 NRL season and could not join training sessions.[citation needed]

The turning point in the career of Campese came two thirds of the way into the 2008 season when his halves partner and friend Todd Carney was released for disciplinary reasons. Until then Campese had been contributing to the Raiders' sporadic success but Carney was the dominant playmaker.[citation needed] Campese scored 36 points in round 22 against the Panthers with 10 goals and 4 tries. He had a chance to equal Mal Meninga's record of 38 points with a simple kick from in front of the goal posts but decided against the opportunity with the train of thought that he had not yet made a name for himself fitting of such a prestigious club record.[citation needed] Canberra won the game, 74–12.[5] He assumed the goal kicking duties and became the side’s main attacking point as Canberra finished the season second only to Champion’s Manly in point scoring. He finished the season first in line-break assists (25) and 4th in try assists (25), and added 10 tries and 40 goals.

After a strong season in 2008, Campese was voted the best five-eighth of the year and was just three points off winning the Dally M Medal.[citation needed] He was also his club's top point scorer.

In 2009, Campese was named in the City vs Country game and State of Origin.

Then in 2010, Campese was named co-captain with Alan Tongue. As Tongue had many injuries during the year, Campese was one of only a few senior players in the side. He helped lead the Raiders into the finals at 7th position. Campese led the Raiders to their first semifinal victory in 10 years with a win over the Penrith Panthers, but were knocked out a week later by the Wests Tigers. In the Tigers game Campese went off with an injury which would see him out of action for 9 months. He returned in Round 13 2011 against the North Queensland Cowboys. However, he re-injured himself with a groin injury after an attempted tackle. He was out of action for the rest of the 2011 season. He returned in 2012 only to be devastated by injured again in round 7 against the Brisbane Broncos which sidelined the star for the rest of the season. Campese returned in round 6 2013 against the New Zealand Warriors at Canberra Stadium.

In December 2014, Campese was released from the final year of his contract with the Raiders to join Hull Kingston Rovers. His form had dipped toward the end of the 2014 season and new coach Ricky Stuart had relegated him to playing New South Wales Cup football for the Mount Pritchard Mounties.[6]

Representative career[edit]

In 2008 Campese earned selection in the Prime Minister's XIII[7] and was subsequently named in the Australia squad for the World Cup.[8] Campese played in one game, the group match against PNG. During the first half he suffered an eye injury, which saw him unable to finish the game as well as ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.[9]

He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[10]

In May 2009, Campese was named in the 17 man squad to represent New South Wales in the opening State of Origin match on 3 June 2009, in Melbourne.[11] Campese was dropped after the first game which saw the Blues lose 28–18 and has not since represented New South Wales.

Campese is of Italian descent[12] and subsequently switched his allegiance to Italy. He was named in the 24-man squad for their 2013 World Cup campaign but he later withdrew after receiving medical advice to stay in Canberra because of his knees.[13] He rejoined the Italian National Team for the 2017 World Cup qualification.


  1. ^ a b "Terry Campese Hull Kingston Rovers". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ NRL Stats
  3. ^ Terry Campese rugbyleagueproject.org
  4. ^ Brad Walter It runs in the family for Campese. LeagueHQ. 12 September 2008
  5. ^ Veness, Peter. (2008-08-10) Canberra's class of 74. Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  6. ^ http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/canberra-raiders-captain-terry-campese-signs-with-super-leagues-hull-kingston-rovers-20141205-1215ax.html
  7. ^ Campese named in PM'S XIII. Nrl.com (2011-05-25). Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  8. ^ "Manly six win Australia call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  9. ^ Campese eye injury to be assessed, ABC, 2008-11-10, retrieved 2011-06-25 
  10. ^ Balym, Todd (2009-05-03). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  11. ^ Fitzgibbon, Liam (25 May 2009). "NSW selectors go with form and not reputation for Origin opener". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Kirwan targets League stars". BBC News. 17 October 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.rlwc2013.com/rugby-league-world-news/article/1117/italy-name-squad-for-rlwc

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alan Tongue
Canberra Raiders captain
Succeeded by
Jarrod Croker