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Spencer Leniu
Spencer Leniu post-match 2021 RLWC Final.jpg
Personal information
Born (2000-09-08) 8 September 2000 (age 22)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019– Penrith Panthers 61 7 0 0 28
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2022– Samoa 5 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]
As of 30 October 2022

Spencer Leniu (born 8 September 2000) is a Samoa international rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League (NRL).

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Samoa national rugby league team

Samoa national rugby league team

The Samoa national rugby league team represents Samoa in rugby league football and has participated in international competition since 1986. Known as Western Samoa before 1997, the team is administered by Rugby League Samoa and are nicknamed Toa Samoa.

Rugby league

Rugby league

Rugby league football, commonly known as just rugby league and sometimes football, footy, rugby or league, is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68 metres wide and 112–122 metres long with H shaped posts at both ends. It is one of the two codes of rugby football, the other being rugby union. It originated in 1895 as the result of a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. The rules of the game governed by the new Northern Rugby Football Union progressively changed from those of the RFU with the specific aim of producing a faster and more entertaining game to appeal to spectators, on whose income the new organisation and its members depended. Due to its high-velocity contact, cardio-based endurance and minimal use of body protection, rugby league is widely regarded as the toughest and most brutal collision sport in the world.

Penrith Panthers

Penrith Panthers

The Penrith Panthers are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith that competes in the NRL. The team is based 55 km (34 mi) west of the centre of Sydney, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Penrith are the current reigning NRL Premiers, having won the title four times.

National Rugby League

National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is an Australasian rugby league club competition which contains clubs from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. The NRL formed in 1998 as a joint partnership between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, in the aftermath of the 1990s Super League war, in which both ran parallel to each other in 1997. The partnership was dissolved in 2012, with control of the NRL going to the re-constituted ARL, which was re-structured with an independent board of directors and renamed the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Background

Leniu was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Leniu grew up in Sydney, Australia and played for the Minchinbury Jets in the Penrith District Junior Rugby League.

Career

2019

Leniu made his first grade debut for Penrith against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in round 21 of the 2019 NRL season which ended in a 26-20 victory for Penrith at Panthers Stadium.[2][3]

2020

Leniu played 12 games for Penrith in the 2020 NRL season but did not feature in the clubs finals campaign or the 2020 NRL Grand Final loss to Melbourne.

2021

Leniu played a total of 19 games for Penrith in the 2021 NRL season including the club's 2021 NRL Grand Final victory over South Sydney.[4]

2022

Leniu played 25 games for Penrith in the 2022 NRL season including the clubs 2022 NRL Grand Final victory over Parramatta.[5]

In October Leniu was named in the Samoa squad for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.[6]

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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are an Australian professional rugby league club based in Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire, Southern Sydney, New South Wales. They compete in the National Rugby League (NRL), Australasia's premier rugby league competition. The Sharks, as they are commonly known, were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, predecessor of the Australian Rugby League and the current National Rugby League competition, in January 1967. The club competed in every premiership season since then and, during the Super League war, joined the rebel competition before continuing on in the re-united NRL Premiership. The Sharks have been in competition for 56 years, appearing in four grand finals, winning their first premiership in 2016 after defeating the Melbourne Storm at Stadium Australia.

2019 NRL season

2019 NRL season

The 2019 NRL season was the 112th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 22nd season run by the National Rugby League. The Sydney Roosters became the first team to win back-to-back Premierships since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992–93, and the first to achieve the feat since the unified NRL competition started in 1998.

Penrith Stadium

Penrith Stadium

Penrith Stadium is a rugby league and association football stadium located in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.

2020 NRL season

2020 NRL season

The 2020 NRL season was the 113th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 23rd season run by the National Rugby League.

2020 NRL Grand Final

2020 NRL Grand Final

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. Melbourne led the game 22–0 at half time before holding off a late Penrith 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. The game would be the last for Melbourne hooker and captain Cameron Smith after announcing his retirement in the following year, making him the most-capped player in the NRL with 430 games, and the most for a single club.

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm

The Melbourne Storm are a rugby league club based in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia that participates in the National Rugby League. The first fully professional rugby league team based in the state, the Storm entered the competition in 1998. The Storm were originally a Super League initiative, created in 1997 during the Super League war, however, following the Super League collapse, the team became a part of the newly formed, united competition. The club play their home games at AAMI Park. The Storm have won four premierships since their inception, in 1999, 2012, 2017 and 2020, and have contested several more grand finals, but were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships following salary cap breaches.

2021 NRL season

2021 NRL season

The 2021 NRL season was the 114th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 24th season run by the National Rugby League.

2021 NRL Grand Final

2021 NRL Grand Final

The 2021 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2021 National Rugby League season in Australia. It was contested between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday 3 October at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Penrith won the match 14–12 to claim their third premiership title, and their first since 2003. Penrith co-captain and halfback Nathan Cleary was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal as the official man of the match.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a professional Australian rugby league club based in Redfern, a suburb of inner-southern Sydney, New South Wales. They participate in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are one of nine existing teams from the state capital, Sydney. They are often called Souths or The Bunnies.

2022 NRL season

2022 NRL season

The 2022 NRL season was the 115th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 25th season run by the National Rugby League.

2022 NRL Grand Final

2022 NRL Grand Final

Parramatta Eels

Parramatta Eels

The Parramatta Eels are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta that competes in the National Rugby League.

Source: "Spencer Leniu", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Leniu.

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References
  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "NRL Round 21 team announcements". NRL.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Penrith rookies hold out Cronulla in NRL". 7 News.
  4. ^ "One of finest NRL grand finals of all time provides cure to difficult season". www.theguardian.com.
  5. ^ "'Parra are our sons': Panther's cheeky Eels sledge as stars run riot, Luai has another dig". www.foxsports.com.au.
  6. ^ Full list of every squad at the Rugby League World Cup 2021
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