Rhys Wesser

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Rhys Wesser
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Personal information
Full nameRhys Joseph Wesser
Born (1979-03-31) 31 March 1979 (age 42)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight86 kg (13 st 8 lb)
Position Fullback, Wing
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1998–08 Penrith Panthers 17811310460
2009–11 South Sydney 41160064
Total21912910524
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2004–06 Queensland 40000
2008 Indigenous 12008
Source: [1]

Rhys Joseph Wesser (born 31 March 1979) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a fullback. During his 14 seasons in the NRL, he played for the Penrith Panthers, with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership, and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. His 113 tries for the Penrith Panthers is a club record. Wesser was also a Queensland and Indigenous Dreamtime representative.

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Background

Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Wesser is of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander (Vanuatuan) descent. He played junior rugby league in his hometown with the Rockhampton Brothers.

At age 16, Wesser was selected for the Queensland under-17s representative side. Wesser finished his schooling at Emmaus College, Rockhampton, and also helped his School side take out the Mal Meninga Under 19s Cup, being the fourth fastest 19-year-old in the state, running times around 100 metres in 11 seconds.[ citation needed ]

Professional playing career

Penrith Panthers

Debuting in 1998 Wesser moved from his hometown of Rockhampton to the foot of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, to play for the Penrith Panthers but he found trouble in pushing for a first-grade spot with Peter Jorgensen holding that title.

Three years later Rhys was given the opportunity to play first grade with the departure of Jorgensen. Wesser scored ten tries in his debut season despite Penrith finishing last on the premiership table.

In 2002, he scored a Penrith club record of nineteen tries, including three hat-tricks, and was dubbed "Rhys-Lightning" and soon became a crowd favourite with his acceleration and line-breaking ability. The following season Wesser bettered his own record by scoring on 25 occasions, earning the title of the most prolific try-scoring fullback for a season in the history of Australian rugby league. The Panthers won their second premiership title, thrashing the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 NRL grand final in which Wesser played at fullback.

As 2003 NRL premiers, the Penrith travelled to England to face 2003 Super League champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Wesser played at fullback in the Panthers' 22–4 loss. Wesser's try-scoring declined in 2004 with the addition of Amos Roberts to the squad but he still scored thirteen tries.

Wesser was selected to play for Queensland in the 2004 State of Origin series.

Wesser in 2005 Rhys Wesser (16 April 2005).jpg
Wesser in 2005

Wesser made the Aboriginal selection in the exhibition game against the New Zealand Māori side as part of the official opening of the 2008 World Cup on 26 October. [2]

In 2008, Wesser announced that he would be joining the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2009 for a two-year deal. [3] Wesser's 113 tries is the most scored by any Penrith player.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

In only the second round of the 2009 season, his first with Souths, Wesser injured his knee. [4] He made his return to the field in the 2010 NRL season.

On 12 August 2011, Wesser announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. [5] He was unable to finish his final season of Rugby League due to another knee injury sustained late in the season.

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The 2020 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2020 National Rugby League season held at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on October 25. The match was contested between minor premiers Penrith Panthers and second-placed Melbourne Storm. The Storm led the game 22–0 at half time before holding off a late Panthers comeback to win 26–20, claiming their fourth premiership title. Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal as the official man of the match. The match was attended by 37,303 spectators due to an enforced limit to stadium capacity by the NSW government as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

References

  1. "Rhys Wesser - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. Indigenous Dreamtime team named Archived 1 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine @ Official RLWC08 site, 11 October 2008.
  3. "Souths sign Rhys Wesser". The Australian . 7 August 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. Jackson, Glenn (21 March 2009). "Merritt's slide may prove costly for Souths". Fairfax Digital. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. "Wesser announces NRL retirement". NRL. 12 August 2011.