Dean Whare

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Dean Whare
Dean Whare Kiwis.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-01-22) 22 January 1990 (age 29)
Rotorua, New Zealand
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
Playing information
PositionCentre, Wing, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–12 Manly Sea Eagles 26 9 0 0 36
2013– Penrith Panthers 114 31 0 0 124
Total 140 40 0 0 160
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–17 New Zealand 19 4 0 0 16
2019 New Zealand Māori 1 0 0 0 0
As of 24 May 2019
Source: [1][2]

Dean Whare (pronounced /fɑːr/) (born 22 January 1990) is a New Zealand rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. Whare previously played for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles between 2010 and 2012.

Early years[edit]

Whare was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, he is of Māori descent.

He moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as a 13-year-old and played his junior rugby league with Penshurst RSL and Arncliffe scots before being signed the St George-Illawarra Dragons.[3][4]

Playing career[edit]

He played in the 2008 and 2009 Toyota Cups before signing with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for 2010.[5][6]


In round 12 of the 2010 NRL season, Whare made his NRL debut against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, scoring three tries in the Sea Eagles 24–20 win, the first time a player has scored three tries in his top-grade debut for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[7] Whare played in 4 matched and scored 3 tries in his debut year in the NRL.

At the end of the season, Whare was selected for the Junior Kiwis.[8]

Whare playing for the Sea Eagles


Whare played in one match for the Sea Eagles in the 2011 NRL season, playing in round 26 against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.[9]


In 2012, Whare has divided his playing time between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles NRL side, and the New South Wales Cup; this was due to Manly's established backline which included representative players Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, team captain Jamie Lyon, Jorge Taufua and David Williams. Becoming something of a "Mr Fix-it" for the Sea Eagles when called into the top grade, Whare played in the centres, on the wing, and at fullback during the season. On 30 May 2012, Whare announced that he had signed for the Penrith Panthers from 2013, citing the opportunity to establish himself as one of the NRL's top centres. Despite expressing a desire to stay at Manly beyond 2012, Whare felt his opportunities to play centre was limited at Manly due the presence of club co-captain Jamie Lyon and Kiwi international centre Steve Matai.[10][11] Whare finished the 2012 NRL season with playing in 21 matches and scoring 6 tries for the Sea Eagles.

Whare was selected to make international debut for New Zealand against Australia in the October test at 1300SMILES Stadium. Whare played at centre in the Kiwis 12–20 loss.[12][13]


In round 1 of the 2013 NRL season, against the Canberra Raiders, Whare made his club debut for the Penrith Panthers at fullback in the Panthers 32–10 win at Penrith Stadium.[14] Whare started the season playing at fullback until he cemented a centre position from round 7 onwards. In round 7, against the Parramatta Eels, Whare scored his first try club try for the Panthers in the 44–12 win at Penrith Stadium.[15] For the 2013 ANZAC Test, Whare was selected to play for New Zealand at centre in the Kiwis 12–32 loss against Australia.[16] Whare finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in all of the Panthers 24 matches and scoring 5 tries. Whare was selected in the New Zealand 2013 World Cup squad, playing in 5 matches, he scored 2 tries against Papua New Guinea in the Kiwis 56–10 win.[17] Whare played at centre in the Kiwis 2–34 loss to Australia in the World Cup Final at Old Trafford.[18][19] On 13 December 2013, Whare agreed to a 3-year contract extension with the Penrith Panthers, until the end of the 2017 season.[20][21]


Whare was selected for New Zealand in the 2014 ANZAC Test against Australia at centre in the Kiwis 18–30 loss at the SFS.[22] Whare played in 26 matches and scored 12 tries in the Panthers 2014 NRL season.

On 7 October 2014, Whare was selected in the New Zealand national rugby league team final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[23] Whare played at centre in the Kiwis 22–18 Four Nations final win over Australia at Westpac Stadium.[24]


Whare finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 13 matches and 6 tries for Panthers. On 8 October, Whare was selected in the 23-man New Zealand squad to tour England.[25] Whare played in all 3 matches against England at centre in the Kiwis' 2–1 Baskerville Shield series loss.[26]


Whare played in the 18–16 loss at Penrith Stadium in round 2 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; this was his only match of the season after battling a calf tear injury before a season-ending knee injury happened during training.[27]


In round 1, against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Whare made his return for the Panthers playing on the wing in the 10–42 loss at Jubilee Oval.[28][29]


In round 8 of the 2018 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Whare laid on the brutal hit on JMK (Jeremy Marshall-King) in the 77th minute mark just two minutes remaining before full-time in the Panthers' 22–14 win at Penrith Stadium.*(*


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Dean Whare – Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "International Honours For Scots Boy Dean Whare – Arncliffe Scots". Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Heat is on – Brown and his players know it's time for Dragons to start breathing". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Be-Whare the rookie". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Rookie Sea Eagle Whare Scores Hat-Trick After Last Minute Call". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Nine NYC-winning Warriors named in Jnr Kiwis". Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  9. ^ Steve Mascord. "Thaiday, Broncos face anxious wait over tackle". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Whare Signs With Penrith". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Panthers Sign Whare After Appealing to NRL for Concessions". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ "Australia Grind It Out to Win 18–10". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  14. ^ "New Look Penrith Panthers Pounce on Tired Canberra Raiders in Scorcher". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  15. ^ Michael Chammas. "Suspected broken leg to Mannah compounds Eels' woes". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Australia Beat New Zealand 32–12". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  17. ^ "New Zealand v PNG player ratings". 9 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  18. ^ Bott, Richard. "Australia 34 New Zealand 2: Kangaroos crowned world champions". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  19. ^ "World Cup final player ratings". 1 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Whare a Panther through 2017 -". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  21. ^ [4] Archived 16 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Chris Barrett (2 May 2014). "Australia get the victory but New Zealand take the plaudits after giving world champions a scare". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Four rookies in Kiwis Four Nations squad". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Four Nations 2014 : New Zealand Champions After Defeating Australia 22–18". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Kiwis name squad for England tour". 8 October 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  26. ^ "England v New Zealand : Third Test Hosts Take Series With Nervy 20–14 Win Over Kiwis in Wigan". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  27. ^ Nathan Ryan (28 April 2016). "NRL: Panthers and New Zealand lose Dean Whare to possible ACL injury". Fox Sports. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Whare benefits from injury layoff". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  29. ^ "Dragons Death Panther 42–10 in Round One Boilover". Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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