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Robbie Farah

Hooker

Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
179 cm
Weight:
91 kg
Age:
34
Date of Birth:
23 January 1984
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Nickname:
Faf, Faffy
Debut Club:
Wests Tigers
Opposition:
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Date:
08 June 2003
Round:
-
Previous Club:
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Junior Club:
Leichhardt Wanderers
Biography:

A Leichhardt junior, Robbie Farah burst on to the scene for Wests Tigers as a teenager in 2013 having made his international debut for Lebanon the year before. Farah came off the bench at his local Leichhardt Oval against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, and while he only played four matches that season, it was the start of arguably the most iconic career in Wests Tigers history.

Following Darren Senter's retirement at the end of 2004, Farah became the club's primary hooker in 2005 — playing 27 matches and helping Tim Sheens' side to a maiden Premiership victory. The crafty rake would make his representative debut in Australia the following year for City Origin and the Prime Minister's XIII. Wests Tigers would miss the finals, but Farah was named the club's Player of the Year following a superb individual season that included five tries and 12 try assists from his 20 games.

Farah was again named Wests Tigers Player of the Year in 2007 as he continued to stake his claim as the best young hooker in the game. He finished second in the Dally M Player of the Year voting behind Jonathan Thurston — instead becoming the first Wests Tigers Player to take out the Dally M Hooker of the Year Award. He played every game that season for the first time in his career.

Re-signing with the club on a long-term deal, Farah was named captain of Wests Tigers in 2009 as his career continued to reach new heights. He became the first Wests Tigers hooker selected for State of Origin, before making his Kangaroos debut against England at the Four Nations. From his eight matches at international level for Australia, Farah has recorded just one defeat as part of the 2014 Four Nations.

Farah produced arguably his finest season in first-grade in 2010 as he helped Wests Tigers to within a whisker of the Grand Final.

Beginning the season with the NRL All Stars team, Farah captained City Origin and then Wests Tigers to a top four finish, with the hooker producing an incredible 25 try assists from his 27 games.

He played every game for the club that year, and again finishes second in Dally M Player of the Year voting by one point, this time to Roosters playmaker Todd Carney. Farah was named the Dally M Hooker of the Year for the second time in his career, before playing in the Kangaroos' end-of-season clash against New Zealand.

Playing every game of the 2011 season as Wests Tigers again fell agonisingly short of the Grand Final, Farah became the club's all-time leading captain in 2012 as he passed Darren Senter's mark of 86 games. An emotional year off the field saw Farah show once more the resilience and determination that have hallmarked his entire career — chalking up a record 63 tackles in a State of Origin match that led to him claiming the Brad Fittler Medal for the New South Wales Player of the Series.

Continuing to thrive at club, representative and international levels, Farah became just the second player in club history to reach the 200-game mark in 2013 and was named alongside Benji Marshall as one of the club's inaugural Life Members. He would end the year with games for the Prime Minister's XIII and Kangaroos squads, winning all three games he played in during the 2013 World Cup.

Helping New South Wales end Queensland's State of Origin dominance with a breakthrough series win in 2014, Farah found himself captaining the side the following year with regular skipper Paul Gallen ruled out to injury.

He would end his time as Wests Tigers captain in 2015 — finishing with 148 games as captain, a record that still stands today.

The Leichhardt junior would play just 26 games for Wests Tigers over the 2015 and 2016 seasons as his time at the club looked to be coming to an end. He moved to South Sydney at the start of the 2017 season and revitalised his career in the process — playing a key role in a number of matches and before helping Lebanon to a stunning quarterfinal finish at the Rugby League World Cup.

Struggling for game time in 2018, Farah's career looked to be coming to a close before moving back to Wests Tigers prior to the June 30 deadline. Despite being 33 years old, Farah's return would help Wests Tigers surge back in to finals contention, and played his 250th first-grade game against his old club in Round 19. He remains the only player in club history to have played 250 games for the club.

Signing on for one final season in the NRL in 2019, Farah requires 18 more games to reach 300 games in first-grade. No player in club history has played more games, or games as captain than Farah, while no hooker in Telstra Premiership history has scored more tries than the local junior.

Farah is signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.

Career

Appearances
282
Tries
64

2018 Season

Appearances
11

Scoring

Tries
1

Kicking

Forced Drop Outs
4
Average Kicking Metres
76.4

Attack

Try Assists
4
Line Break Assists
5

Passing

Offloads
8
Receipts
1059

Defence

Tackles Made
466
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
56.5
Total Running Metres
621

Fantasy

Total Points
608
Average Points
55.3

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
13 Roosters Lost 16 - 14 Hooker 80 - - - 32 - 1 - 1 13 2 117 62 7 54 - -
14 Sharks Lost 24 - 16 Hooker 80 - - - 50 - - 1 2 2 - 103 48 1 53 - -
16 Titans Lost 12 - 30 Hooker 80 - - - 48 - - 1 4 15 2 83 49 2 125 64 -
18 Dragons Won 16 - 20 Hooker 80 - - - 140 1 2 1 1 12 - 133 48 3 71 8 -
19 Rabbitohs Won 22 - 6 Hooker 71 - - - 37 - - - - 4 1 111 39 3 12 2 -
20 Bulldogs Lost 16 - 4 Hooker 80 - - - 73 1 - - 1 3 - 112 48 - 30 - -
21 Knights Won 16 - 25 Hooker 80 1 - 4 84 1 - 1 2 12 1 95 30 3 62 5 -
22 Raiders Won 20 - 22 Hooker 62 - - - 152 1 - 1 2 8 - 71 41 2 52 - -
23 Dragons Lost 10 - 20 Hooker 66 - - - 151 - - - 2 7 1 95 38 - 41 15 1
24 Sea Eagles Won 22 - 20 Hooker 61 - - - 72 - 1 1 1 13 1 94 30 4 94 11 -
25 Rabbitohs Lost 51 - 10 Hooker 49 - - - - - - - - 8 - 45 33 1 25 - -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Wests Tigers 2003 4 1 3 - 25% - - - 139 34.75 - - 2 1 - 53 3 178 44.50 - - -
Wests Tigers 2004 3 2 1 - 67% - - - 171 57.00 - - - 2 - 78 7 173 57.67 - - -
Wests Tigers 2005 27 18 9 - 67% 8 - 32 2,465 91.30 - - 10 22 - 798 94 1,378 51.04 6 - -
Wests Tigers 2006 20 9 11 - 45% 5 - 20 2,449 122.45 - - 12 26 - 570 36 1,189 59.45 - - -
Wests Tigers 2007 24 11 13 - 46% 7 12 56 6,363 265.12 57.14% - 18 22 - 761 44 1,565 65.21 9 - -
Wests Tigers 2008 17 8 9 - 47% 6 - 24 3,698 217.53 - - 12 12 - 497 49 933 54.88 18 - -
Wests Tigers 2009 21 12 9 - 57% 8 - 36 4,694 223.52 - - 22 33 - 754 53 1,653 78.71 25 - -
Wests Tigers 2010 27 16 11 - 59% 6 - 28 5,941 220.04 - - 25 20 - 964 58 1,813 67.15 - - -
Wests Tigers 2011 26 16 10 - 62% 7 - 31 3,252 125.08 - - 19 18 - 917 51 1,404 54.00 - - -
Wests Tigers 2012 16 9 7 - 56% 4 - 17 2,824 176.50 - - 8 17 - 526 41 881 55.06 - - -
Wests Tigers 2013 18 4 14 - 22% 1 - 4 3,392 188.47 - 18 16 15 1,683 737 26 1,341 74.53 11 1 0.1
Wests Tigers 2014 18 9 9 - 50% 5 - 20 2,026 112.58 - 6 11 14 1,894 766 28 1,368 76.03 - 1,114 61.9
Wests Tigers 2015 17 7 10 - 41% 2 - 8 1,682 98.96 - 5 5 15 1,597 694 25 978 57.56 2 949 55.8
Wests Tigers 2016 9 3 6 - 33% 2 - 8 546 60.67 - 3 2 9 803 302 9 586 65.20 15 421 46.8
Rabbitohs 2017 24 9 15 - 38% 2 - 8 1,751 72.96 - 5 7 16 1,526 579 34 947 39.46 5 796 33.2
Wests Tigers 2018 11 7 4 - 64% 1 - 4 840 76.35 - 4 4 8 1,059 466 26 621 56.48 1 608 55.3

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Rabbitohs 2017 2018 26 11 15 - - 2 - 8 1,834 70.53 - - 8 18 - 689 42 1,055 40.00 5 921 35.4
Wests Tigers
2003
2018
2016
2018
256 130 125 1 - 62 12 288 40,497 158.19 57.14% - 165 232 - 8,758 542 15,953 62.00 88 2,981 42.0

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