Eddy Pettybourne

Edward Pettybourne (born 13 February 1988) is a rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for Limoux Grizzlies in the Elite One Championship. He has played at representative level for Samoa and United States, and at club level in Australia in the NRL for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans, and in the Queensland Cup for the Tweed Heads Seagulls, and in Europe in the Super League for the Wigan Warriors (Heritage № 1054),[4] and in the Betfred Championship for Toulouse Olympique, as a prop, second-row or lock.[5]

Eddy Pettybourne
Eddy Pettybourne Toulouse.jpg
Personal information
Full nameEdward Pettybourne
Born (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 33)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–12 South Sydney 91 13 0 0 52
2013 Wests Tigers 12 0 0 0 0
2014 Wigan Warriors 18 0 0 0 0
2015–17 Gold Coast Titans 34 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Toulouse Olympique 10 1 0 0 4
2019–21 Villeneuve 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Brooklyn Kings 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Red Star Belgrade 0 0 0 0 0
2021– Limoux Grizzlies 0 0 0 0 0
Total 165 14 0 0 56
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
2013–17 United States 7 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2021 Villeneuve Leopards 0 0 0 0
As of 6 July 2021
Source: [1][2][3]

Early yearsEdit

Pettybourne was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A Mascot Jets junior, Eddy Pettybourne attended Marcellin College Randwick. He represented Australia at schoolboy level in 2005.[6]

Playing careerEdit

South Sydney RabbitohsEdit

Pettybourne made his NRL début against the North Queensland Cowboys in round 19 of 2007. He scored his first try in first grade in round 1 of 2009 when the Rabbitohs slaughtered the Sydney Roosters 52-12. He played every game for South Sydney in 2009 and scored 7 tries to be the club's fifth highest try scorer of the season. He made 526 tackles in 2009 which was the third highest in the club.

Pettybourne was a mainstay of South Sydney for the next three years, playing in over 20 games in both 2011 and 2012. He played in all 3 semi-finals in 2012, with the club finishing one game shy of the grand final.

Wests TigersEdit

With Souths unwilling to match the offer from Wests Tigers, Pettybourne joined his new club from 2013. Pettybourne said, "Madge, and the coaching staff said they wanted to keep me, but it was my choice. I just bought a house so I wanted to make sure I was comfortable paying it off, but it was more for my family."[7]

Pettybourne stayed at the Wests Tigers for one season, playing in 12 games and failing to score any points.

Wigan WarriorsEdit

Pettybourne joined Super League club Wigan Warriors for the 2014 Super League season.[8] He made his début in the opening game of the season against the Huddersfield Giants. On The 19 December 2014, Wigan Warriors announced that Pettybourne had been released from his contract for personal reasons. He left the Club half way through a two-year contract, after 18 games.[9]

Gold Coast TitansEdit

On 15 January 2015, Pettybourne signed a one-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans starting effective immediately.[10] On 10 July 2015, he re-signed with the Titans on a 2-year contract.[11][12]

Red Star BelgradeEdit

On 5 Jun 2021 it was announced that Eddy had left Brooklyn Kings and signed for Red Star Belgrade following the postponement of the North American Rugby League 2021 season.[13]

Limoux GrizzliesEdit

On 6 July 2021 it was reported that he had signed for Limoux Grizzlies in the Elite One Championship[14]

Representative careerEdit

New ZealandEdit

In 2009, Pettybourne chose to represent New Zealand instead of playing for Australia. He was called up for the New Zealand squad at the 2009 Four Nations as a late replacement for the injured Ben Matulino and Bronson Harrison,[15] but did not make any appearances for the team.


In April 2013, Eddy played for Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International against fierce pacific rivals Tonga.

United StatesEdit

Later in the year, he was selected to play for the USA for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[16] He played in all four of the US' world cup matches.

Coaching careerEdit

On 9 March 2021 it was reported by Villeneuve Leopards that he would take over the role of interim head coach for their fixture with Limoux Grizzlies, until Olivier Janzac could take over on 15 March, following the dismissal of Fabien Devecchi.


  1. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne Statistics at League Central". League Central. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne Statistics at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Heritage Numbers - In Debut Order". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne". Rabbitohs. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2005" (PDF). Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2009.
  7. ^ Michael Chammas (6 September 2012). "Ending on a high with Rabbitohs is no trivial matter for Pettybourne". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne: Wigan Warriors sign Wests Tigers forward". bbcsport.co.uk. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne Released". wiganwarriors.com. 19 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  10. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Pettybourne signs for 2015".
  11. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Pettybourne and Paasi re-sign".
  12. ^ "Gold Coast Titans re-sign forward pair". Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne links up with Red Star Belgrade". Love Rugby League. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne to return to France after stint in Serbia". Love Rugby League. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  15. ^ Kiwis call up 'giant' Pettybourne Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine rugbyleague.com, 25 October 2009
  16. ^ "Eddy Pettybourne gets USA call up for Rugby League World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Coach
Villeneuve Leopards

Succeeded by
Olivier Janzac

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