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Russell Packer

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Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
187 cm
Weight:
119 kg
Age:
29
Date of Birth:
09 October 1989
Birthplace:
Foxton, NZ
Nickname:
-
Debut Club:
New Zealand Warriors
Opposition:
Canberra Raiders
Date:
04 May 2008
Round:
8
Previous Clubs:
New Zealand Warriors, St. George Illawarra Dragons
Junior Club:
Levin Lions
Biography:

Having played rugby union growing up, Russell Packer made the switch to rugby league just before becoming a teenager — quickly earning selection in New Zealand junior representative sides with both the U/16's in 2005 and U/18's in 2007.

After captaining the Junior Kiwis side, Packer joined the New Zealand Warriors squad in 2007 before making his first-grade debut the following year. He would play just four games in his rookie season; instead featuring primarily for the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup where he was named in the 2008 Toyota Cup Team of the Year alongside teammate Ben Matulino.

Packer played for New Zealand Maori in 2010 before cracking the national team in 2011 as part of the Four Nations. He would continue to thrive at the Warriors — helping the side to the Grand Final, which they would loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, before spending another two seasons in New Zealand. From his six seasons at the Warriors, Packer would play 110 games and scored six tries.

Signing a contract with the Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2014 season, Packer was convicted of assault which saw him remain out of the game until midway through the 2015 season. He would return to the game through the St. George-Illawarra Dragons NSW Cup side Illawarra, and was named in the NSW Cup Team of the Year that season after several impressive performances.

Approved to return to the NRL in 2016, Packer would play 41 games in his two seasons at the Dragons that saw him also return to career-best form. He would find himself back on the international arena with selection in the 2017 ANZAC Test and World Cup squads for New Zealand in what would be his final games for the Kiwis — retiring from international football the following year.

Joining Wests Tigers on a long-term deal in 2018, the talented prop was named one of five co-captains for the year ahead and continued to show his importance to the side both on and off the field. He would play 19 of a possible 24 games, scoring one try.

Packer is signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2021 season.

Career

Appearances
176
Tries
8

2019 Season

Appearances
6

Scoring

Tries
0

Attack

Tackle Breaks
5
Average Hit Ups
5.3
Post Contact Metres
117.7

Passing

Offloads
2

Defence

Tackles Made
151
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
69.8
Total Running Metres
418

Fantasy

Total Points
197
Average Points
32

2019 Season - By Round

2019 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Sea Eagles Won 20 - 6 Interchange 27 - - - - 1 1 10 1 10 17 - 67 55 -
2 Warriors Won 34 - 6 Interchange 35 - - - - - - 44 1 15 10 3 133 80 52
3 Bulldogs Lost 8 - 22 Interchange 26 - - - - - 1 14 - 7 25 - 50 42 8
4 Panthers Lost 9 - 8 Interchange 38 - - - - - 1 33 - 10 35 - 102 73 29
5 Broncos Won 16 - 22 Prop 38 - - - - - 1 7 - 5 37 5 39 25 14
6 Eels Lost 51 - 6 Prop 38 - - - - - 1 9 - 2 27 - 25 25 -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Warriors 2008 5 2 3 - 40% 1 - 4 7 - - 97 3 267 53.40 - - -
Warriors 2009 21 6 13 2 29% 3 - 12 29 - 10 519 28 2,090 99.52 - - -
Warriors 2010 24 14 10 - 58% 1 - 4 26 - 4 660 32 2,397 99.88 1 - -
Warriors 2011 27 15 12 - 56% - - - 24 - 9 729 45 2,230 82.59 - - -
Warriors 2012 24 8 16 - 33% - - - 11 - 9 517 41 2,042 85.08 - - -
Warriors 2013 9 4 5 - 44% 1 - 4 5 192 9 138 7 547 60.82 181 - -
Dragons 2016 22 9 13 - 41% - - - 10 730 16 545 23 2,260 102.76 574 750 34.1
Dragons 2017 19 - - - - 1 - 4 18 591 6 480 33 1,810 95.26 - 639 33.6
Wests Tigers 2018 19 11 8 - 58% 1 - 4 5 510 11 534 63 1,361 71.65 244 563 29.0
Wests Tigers 2019 6 3 3 - 50% - - - 5 118 2 151 8 418 69.80 104 197 32.0

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Wests Tigers 2018 2018 25 14 11 - - 1 - 4 10 628 13 685 71 1,780 71.00 349 760 30.4

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