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Chance Peni

Chance Peni
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Peni with Wests Tigers in the NSW Cup, 2015.
Birth nameChance Peni-Ataera[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 26)
Place of birthInvercargill, New Zealand
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)
SchoolAranmore Catholic College
Rugby league career
Position(s) Centre
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014 New Zealand U20 1 (4)
2015-16 Cook Islands 2 (0)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Centre
Current team Hino Red Dolphins
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 8 (15)
2019 Hino Red Dolphins
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 Force 7 (20)
2018 Brumbies 3 (5)
Correct as of 9 March 2018

Chance Peni-Ataera (born 17 January 1994) is a rugby footballer who, as of 2019, plays for the Hino Red Dolphins in the Japan Top League competition. He has previously played rugby league for the Cook Islands at international level.


Peni was born in Invercargill, New Zealand. He is of Cook Islands and M?ori descent.[2]

Although Peni was born in New Zealand and lived a short period in the Chatham Islands before he moved to Perth, Western Australia at a young age, playing rugby for Wests Subiaco and playing for Willagee Bears in the Western Australian Rugby League. He then moved to Newcastle, New South Wales and playing for the Western Suburbs Rosellas before being signed by the Newcastle Knights.[3] Peni was educated at Aranmore Catholic College in Perth.[4]

Rugby league

Peni played for the Newcastle Knights NYC team in 2013 and 2014. On 10 October 2014, Peni signed a two-year deal with the Wests Tigers, starting from 2015.[5][6] On 18 October 2014, Peni represented the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos, playing on the wing and scoring a try in the 15-14 win at Mt Smart Stadium.[7][8]

Peni played for the Wests Tigers New South Wales Cup team for the whole 2015 season. On 17 October 2015, Peni represented the Cook Islands in their World Cup qualifier match against the Tonga, playing at centre in the 28-8 loss at Campbelltown Stadium.[9]

Rugby union


In 2017, Peni returned home to Perth to play rugby, signing for the Western Force of the Super Rugby. In round two of the 2017 season Peni scored his first try for the team. A pass from Jono Lance after a line out, followed by an explosive run, which lead Peni to a quick try one minute into the game against the Reds. They finished 26-19 winners at nib Stadium, Perth.[10][11] In June 2017, Peni re-signed for the Force for another two years,[12][13] with the ARU vowing to honour player contracts despite the team being axed from the competition.[14] Peni missed eight rounds of the 2017 season after rupturing his groin during a game against the Kings in round seven.[15] Peni played seven games during the 2017 season scoring four tries.


In November 2017, after a breakout first Super Rugby season Peni left the now axed Super Rugby team the Western Force and signed a one-year deal for the Brumbies for the 2018 season, in hopes of playing future rugby for the Wallabies.[16][17][18][19][20] Peni scored his first try for the Brumbies in round four of the 2018 season against the Rebels in a 33-10 defeat at AAMI Park, Melbourne.[21][22][23][24]

Super Rugby statistics

Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2017 Force 7 7 0 477 4 0 0 0 20 1 0
2018 Brumbies 3 3 0 202 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Total 10 10 0 679 5 0 0 0 25 1 0


  1. ^ "Wests Tigers at Mittagong Sports Ground: PHOTOS". 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Cook Islands duo ready to shine - Tigers". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "'A' team to take on Rebel Rising". 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Australian Schoolboys & National Championship 2010 | Page 6". Green and Gold Rugby. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Wests Tigers begin rebuilding with Kevin Naiqama and Chance Peni". Fox Sports Australia. 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "2014 JUNIOR KIWIS TEAM ANNOUNCED". Rugby League Week. 10 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Kiwi kids cause Kangaroos upset". 18 October 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Tonga qualify for 2017 World Cup". 17 October 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Force's money man a diamond in the rough". 6 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Force beat Reds despite Nabuli hat-trick". SANZAAR. 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Peni re-signs with Western Force". The West Australian. 28 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Peni leaving nothing to chance". 28 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Western Force to be cut from Super Rugby next season". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Western Force's Chance Peni ruled out for remainder of Super Rugby season with groin injury". Fox Sports Australia. 21 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Peni wings in for the Brumbies". 22 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Brumbies sign former Force winger Chance Peni for 2018 Super Rugby season". Fox Sports Australia. 22 November 2017.
  18. ^ "ACT Brumbies recruit Chance Peni from Western Force to finalise Super Rugby roster". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Peni on his way to Brumbies". 22 November 2017.
  20. ^ "ACT Brumbies winger Chance Peni leaves league behind for Wallabies opportunity". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Brumbies beaten in Melbourne by Rebels". 9 March 2018. Archived from the original on 10 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Match Report: Rebels 33-10 Brumbies". 9 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Reece Hodge fires Rebels to victory over Brumbies". SuperXV. 9 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Rebels surge home to make it three in a row". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2018.

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