Super Rugby

Height: 180cm
Weight: 91kg
Born: 17/05/1997
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland
Senior Club: Easts
School: Anglican Church Grammar School

Representative Honours
Queensland Under-16s (2013)
Queensland Schoolboys (2014)
Australian Schoolboys (2014)
Queensland Under 20s (2015)
Reds Elite Development Squad (2015)
Queensland Country (2015-2016)
Wallabies development player (2016)
Queensland (2017-)
Australian U20s (2017)

Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Queensland Country 8 34 (6T) 2015 v Melbourne Rising, Bond University
Queensland 10 15 (3T) 2017 v Western Force, nib Stadium Perth
Super Rugby 10 15 (3T) 2017 v Western Force, nib Stadium Perth
Test Rugby - - -

Player Bio

Izaia Perese is a product of Queensland Rugby’s Pathway system having represented the Queensland Under-16s, the Queensland Schoolboys, Reds Under-20s and most recently Queensland Country.

He was part of the title-winning Anglican Church Grammar First XV in 2014 and went on to represent the Australian Schoolboys. Perese played both Premier Colts and Premier Grade for Easts in BLK Queensland Premier Rugby during 2015.

Perese's form carried on to Bond University Queensland Country in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, where he quickly earned a reputation for his damaging runs from wing and centre. His performances in the NRC earned him a contract with the Reds Senior Squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season, but injury hampered his opportunities until late in the year.

His form in the 2016 National Rugby Championship earned him a call up as a development player on the Wallabies’ spring tour, setting him up for a promising 2017 season.

Made his Super Rugby debut in Round 2 against the Western Force in Perth. Was a key player for Australian U20s at the World Rugby U20 Championship, scoring a hat-trick in their win over Italy.
Spent much of the year rehabilitating a serious knee injury, but made a return to the field via Queensland Premier Rugby before returning to form for Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship. His direct running, fierce defence and constant energy around the field earned him selection as a development player on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour of Europe, where he trained alongside Australia’s Test players for five weeks. He was also named to play for the Wallaby XV against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux, but a corked thigh ruled him out of the match late in the preparations.
Selected to represent Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship and was a standout in the early rounds, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the annual Andy Purcell Cup clash against Brisbane City in Toowoomba.

*Please note, the scoring in the National Rugby Championship changed from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. In 2014 and 2015 tries were worth 5 points, conversions 3 points, penalties/drop goals 2 points. In 2016, tries were worth 6 points, conversions/penalty goals/drop goals 2 points.

Updated 19/06/2017