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Panthers would like to congratulate Jeremy Latimore and Ryan Simpkins on their inclusion in the 2014 NRL Academic Team of the Year, and youngster Josh Tangitau for making the NYC Academic Team of the Year.

These boys have been working extremely hard on their education and workplace training in preparation for life after football, and to be named as some of rugby league’s highest academic achievers is a true honour.

See the full team lists here:


Broncos         Todd Lowrie               Cert IV in Project Management & Cert IV in Small Business                                                                             Capital Training Institute & Arouni Tech

Bulldogs        Dale Finucane             Bachelor of Health and Movement

                                                        Australian College of Physical Education

Raiders          David Shillington        Bachelor of Business                    

                                                        Diploma of Business

                                                        University of Canbera

Cowboys       Brent Tate                 Cert IV Frontline Management

                                                        Cert IV Small Business

                                                        Skill 360

Sea Eagles    Tom Symonds             Graduated Bachelor of Health Exercise Science                                                                                               University of NSW

Sea Eagles    Brenton Lawrence      Bachelor of Arts in International studies (completed)                                                                       Certificates III and IV in Training                                           

                                                        Australian Institute of Workforce Development

Storm              Ryan Hoffman          Bachelor of Business

                                                        Open Universities

Knights          Robbie Rochow          Degree in Civil Engineering 

                                                        University of Newcastle

Panthers    Jeremy Latimore   Bachelor of Commerce

                                                        University of Wollongong

                                                        Panthers Education Ambassador

Panthers    Ryan Simpkins       Diploma in Hydraulics Design

                                                        Qualified Plumber

                                                        St Leonards Tafe

Rabbitohs      Jason Clark               Cert III Fitness and Cert IV in Small Business

                                                        Australian Institute of Fitness & Elite training company 

                                                        Qualified Apprentice Carpenter

Dragons         Jason Nightingale      Bachelor of Business Degree

                                                        University of Wollongong

                                                        International NRL Player

Warriors         Siliva Havili                Bachelor of Health Science – Podiatry

                                                        Auckland University of Technology



Bulldogs        Adam Elliott                Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

                                                       Sydney University

Raiders        Andrew Heffernan      Bachelor of Sports Coaching & Exercise Science                                                                                            University of Canberra

Cowboys       Corey Jensen           Degree in Sport & Exercise Science

                                                      James Cook University

Titans             Mitch Sharp             Bachelor of Nursing 

                                                       Griffith University

Sea Eagles    Jack Delaney             Bachelor of Business & Commerce

                                                       University of Western University

Storm           Christian Welch          Bachelor Commerce degree

                                                       Melbourne University

Knights       Lachlan Fitzgibbon       Bachelor of Construction Management 

                                                       University of Newcastle

Panthers  Joshjua Tangitau   Degree in Exercise Sports Science 

                                                      Australian catholic University

Sharks           Ben Chahoud          Carpentry Apprenticeship

                                                     With Bronson Construction                         

Rabbitohs    Cheyne Whitelaw      Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

                                                      University of New South Wales

Dragons      Adam Clune                Degree in Law

                                                      University of Wollongong

Warriors         Mason Lino              Bachelor of Business

                                                      Auckland University of Technology

Wests Tigers   Nathan Milone        Bachelor of Business

                                                      University of Technology Sydney



Broncos         Aaron Rockley               Qualified Carpenter

                                                            All Trades Queensland

                                                            Currently employed by Brett Walters

                     Adam Brideson               State Manager KPD

                                                            Former NRL player with Bulldogs



(Proudly sponsored by the NRL and Diamond Galleria)

Warriors         Jerome Ropati              Diploma in Business & Bachelor of Health

                                                            Auckland University of Technology

                                                            NZ  University Blues Award winner 2008

                                                            Warriors Education Committee Member & Ambassador

                                                            Warrior Reading programme Captain

                                                            Deacon Youth Leader of local church since 2007

                                                            Husband and father of three

                                                            2003-2014 - NZ Warriors 145 games


Bulldogs        Sam Perrett                   Diploma in Management

                                                            Cert IV Building and Construction

                                                            Qualified Builder

                                                            Owns and runs Construction Company

                                                            “Trade- Up with the NRL” Apprentice mentor.

                                                            NRL Education Ambassador 2012/2013/2014

                                                            NRL Pasifika Players Advisory group

                                                            11th season as an NRL player

                                                            Husband and father of 4

                                                           Has played over 200 NRL games,

                                                            19 Test Matches for NZ

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.