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Russell Packer

Prop

Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
187 cm
Weight:
119 kg
Age:
30
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 with 19 games.

After a strong first month of the season, Packer succumb to a foot injury that would unfortunately rule the prop out for the remainder of the season following surgery — limiting him to just six games in 2019. He would continue to work tirelessly off the field in that time, however, claiming the NRL Male Academic Player of the Year Award for his work in completing a Masters of Business Administration.

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

Career

Appearances
177
Tries
8

2020 Season

Appearances
1

Scoring

Tries
0

Attack

Tackle Breaks
0
Average Hit Ups
1
Post Contact Metres
6.5

Passing

Offloads
0

Defence

Tackles Made
13
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
10.7
Total Running Metres
10

Fantasy

Total Points
3
Average Points
3

2020 Season - By Round

2020 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
5 Raiders Lost 6 - 14 Interchange 12 - - - - - - 6 - 1 13 1 10 10 -

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 60.82 181 167 18.0
Dragons 2016 22 9 13 - 41% - - - 10 730 16 545 23 2,260 102.76 574 758 34.0
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 69.80 104 195 32.5
Wests Tigers 2020 1 - 1 - - - - - - 6 - 13 1 10 10.70 - 3 3.0

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
Dragons 2016 2017 41 19 22 - - 1 - 4 28 1,321 22 1,025 56 4,071 99.00 1,083 1,373 33.5
Wests Tigers 2018 2020 26 14 12 - - 1 - 4 10 634 13 698 72 1,790 68.00 349 751 28.9
Warriors 2008 2013 110 49 59 2 - 6 - 24 102 215 41 2,661 157 9,580 87.00 199 213 1.9

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