Eddy Pettybourne

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Eddy Pettybourne
Eddy Pettybourne Toulouse.jpg
Personal information
Full name Edward Pettybourne
Born (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 30)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–12 South Sydney 91 13 0 0 52
2013 Wests Tigers 12 0 0 0 0
2014 Wigan Warriors 18 0 0 0 0
2015–17 Gold Coast Titans 34 0 0 0 0
2018– Toulouse Olympique 7 1 0 0 4
Total 162 14 0 0 56
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
2013– United States 7 0 0 0 0
As of 11 April 2018
Source: [1][2][3]

Edward Pettybourne (born 13 February 1988) is an American international rugby league footballer who plays for Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Championship. He plays as a prop, second-row or loose forward.

He previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers in Australia, and in the Super League for the Wigan Warriors.[4] He is a United States international, and has also represented Samoa.

Early years

Pettybourne was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A Mascot Jets junior, Eddy Pettybourne attended Marcellin College Randwick. He represented Australia at schoolboy level in 2005.[5]

Playing career

Pettybourne made his NRL début against the North Queensland Cowboys in round 19 of 2007. He scored his first try in first grade in round 1 of 2009 when the Rabbitohs slaughtered the Sydney Roosters 52-12. He played every game for the Rabbitohs in 2009 and scored 7 tries to be the Rabbitohs fifth highest try scorer of the season. He made 526 tackles in 2009 which was the third highest in the club.

Pettybourne was a mainstay of the Rabbitohs for the next three years, playing in over 20 games in both 2011 and 2012. He played in all 3 semifinals in 2012, with the club finishing one game shy of the grand final.

With Souths unwilling to match the offer from Wests Tigers, Pettybourne joined his new club from 2013. Pettybourne said, "Madge, and the coaching staff said they wanted to keep me, but it was my choice. I just bought a house so I wanted to make sure I was comfortable paying it off, but it was more for my family."[6]

Pettybourne stayed at the Wests Tigers for one season, playing in 12 games and failing to score any points.

Pettybourne joined Super League club Wigan Warriors for the 2014 Super League season.[7] He made his début in the opening game of the season against the Huddersfield Giants. On The 19 December 2014, Wigan Warriors announced that Pettybourne had been released from his contract for personal reasons. He left the Club half way through a two-year contract, after 18 games.[8]

On 15 January 2015, Pettybourne signed a 1-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans starting effective immediately.[9] On 10 July 2015, he re-signed with the Titans on a 2-year contract.[10][11]

Representative career

In 2009, Pettybourne chose to represent New Zealand instead of playing for Australia. He was called up for the New Zealand Kiwis squad at the 2009 Four Nations as a late replacement for the injured Ben Matulino and Bronson Harrison,[12] but did not make any appearances for the team.

In April 2013, Eddy played for Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International against fierce pacific rivals Tonga.

Later in the year, he was selected to play for the USA for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[13] He played in all four of the US' world cup matches.


  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Eddy Pettybourne - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  3. ^ "League Central".
  4. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne". Rabbitohs. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2005" (PDF). Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Michael Chammas (6 September 2012). "Ending on a high with Rabbitohs is no trivial matter for Pettybourne". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne: Wigan Warriors sign Wests Tigers forward". bbcsport.co.uk. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne Released". wiganwarriors.com. 19 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Pettybourne signs for 2015".
  10. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Pettybourne and Paasi re-sign".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  12. ^ Kiwis call up 'giant' Pettybourne Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. rugbyleague.com, 25 October 2009
  13. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne gets USA call up for Rugby League World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald.

External links

  • Toulouse Olympique profile
  • Gold Coast Titans profile
  • Wests Tigers profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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