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Frank Pritchard

Frank Pritchard
  • Date of Birth: 03-11-1983
  • Height: 187
  • Weight: 112
  • Position: Second Row
  • Rep. Honours: 21 Tests for New Zealand (2005-10); Tri Nations (2005-06); Four Nations (2009-10)
  • Junior Clubs: Campbelltown City
  • FG Debut: Panthers v Manly, Penrith Football Stadium, 3/5/03 (Rd 8)
  • Club Debut: v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 14/03/2011 (Rd 1)
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A Western Suburbs Magpies junior, Pritchard attended Eagle Vale High School and played junior league for Campbelltown City Kangaroos.

Pritchard made his NRL debut on 3 May 2003 (Round 8) for the Penrith Panthers against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

The physical back rower played predominantly off the interchange bench throughout his first three seasons with the club, being used as an impact player in seven games during 2003, 12 games in 2004, and five in 2005 before making his starting debut in the second row against South Sydney in round six of that year.

Frank was an instrumental part of some highly talented Panthers sides, from his debut year in which the Club won only its second Premiership to 2010 when it returned to the playoffs for the first time in some time.

Pritchard was first selected to represent New Zealand in 2005. He was a part of the Kiwis Squad who lost to the Australians 16-12 in extra time. He scored one try, his first international points.

Frank Pritchard joined the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for the 2011 season and beyond, after a stellar eight year career with the Penrith Panthers.

Frank stepped up in more ways than one for the Bulldogs in 2011, playing every match during a season in which he also took on an off field leadership role for his new Club. Nothing short of devastating when on form, the Bulldogs will be looking for even more of the same in 2012.

Frank has been instrumental in his three seasons with the Bulldogs and has served as a role model for some of the younger players in the squad.

Having played 69 NRL games, a Minor Premiership and a Grand Final Appearance for the Bulldogs already, the man they call The Tank is now a part of the furniture at Belmore.

Frank was selected for the New Zealand World Cup side in 2013 and looks to continue his consistent and damaging form in 2014.