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12 March 2012, 10:17am

Player profile - Anthony Perenise

Position: Prop

Honours: Samoa

Date of birth: 18th Oct 1982

Height: 1.82m (6' 0")

Weight: 118kg (18st 8lb)

Samoan tighthead Anthony Perenise joined Bath Rugby in 2011, following the Rugby World Cup where he took his tally of international caps to 14.

Since his arrival from the Super 15 franchise, the Hurricanes, he has become a valuable part of the Bath matchday squad, not only for his powerful scrummaging and strong defence, but also for his uncanny ability to score tries. He's scored four in 19 appearances, including one on his debut against Newport, and "that" try against Northampton Saints, which many are already talking about as a try of the season.

We sat down with the 6ft, 18st 8lb prop to find out he's adjusting to life in the Northern Hemisphere...

You've been at the Club for a good few months now, how have you settled in?

"I've settled in quite nicely. The guys and training facilities are great here. The guys welcomed me in with ease and I didn't feel like I was a foreigner to this beautiful city."

A lot is made of the difference between Southern and Northern hemisphere rugby – how have you found making the change?

"It's interesting – I think the biggest difference I've found is that the tempo of the game is not as quick here compared to Southern Hemisphere rugby, but the weather plays a huge factor here which makes it predominately a forwards game. Also, scrums here are more of a focus, as it can really cost a game if you're going backwards."

How did you start playing rugby?

"I started playing when I was young with my cousins. I spent a few seasons playing rugby league but then returned back to union. Before plying my trade as a prop, I played a few games in the mid-field and I've pretty much played all positions in the forward pack at some stage or another!"

You arrived at Bath fresh from representing Samoa at the World Cup – how was the experience for you?

"The World Cup was by far my biggest achievement – it was a chance to represent my country and my family, and that was huge for me. The experience gave me a chance to express myself on the field and also see what level of rugby I had to be at to compete against the best in the world."

You seem to have a bit of a nose for the try line as well – sure you're not a centre in disguise?! Which is better – winning a scrum against the head, or scoring a try?

"I think my tries have all come from good pressure or a lucky bounce of the ball...or a gap that opened up haha!

"I think winning a scrum against the head is always a good feeling but I'd say at this stage of life I'd have to go with a try...and on that note I should probably say thanks to Dave Flatman for the assist – he left that ball for me to take on for that infamous try against the Saints!"

 

Quickfire Q&A from our Facebook and Twitter fans:

 

Who is the toughest prop you've come up against? Nick Wood from Gloucester

What is your favourite post match meal? Chicken, mashed potatoes and poached eggs

How do you take your coffee? Milk with 2 sugars...maybe 3...sometimes 4 haha

Who would play you in a film of your life? The Rock or Morgan Freeman

If you could have one super power what would it be? To read peoples thoughts...I know what you're thinking...

Who would captain your rugby dream team? Tana Umaga

What three things would you save if your house was on fire? The missus, my phone and the playstation...not in that order haha

If you had to take part in Karaoke, what would you sing and who would be your back up? Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice, with coach B-RAD (Brad Davis)

What other position would you like to have played? Even though I hang out there sometimes I'd like to play on the wing

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you bought? A video arcade parlour

If you were stranded on a desert island, which team mate would you take with you and why? Dave Atwood seems to be the guy with all the answers so I'd hope he would figure something out...

If you weren't playing rugby what would you be doing? Police Officer/Dog Handler

What song do you know all the words to? The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

What's your favourite saying? Sup Cuz 

If you knew the world was about to end, what would you do? Ring home talk to my nieces and tell them I'd see them soon...

 

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