Tim Perry (born 1 August 1988) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a prop for Tasman in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Crusaders in the international Super Rugby competition.
The son of former All Black Grant Perry, Tim was born in the town of Ashburton and raised on a nearby farm. He moved to Christchurch to complete his secondary school education where he was a boarder at St. Andrew's College. He played first XV rugby for St. Andrew's and after graduation won the Christchurch Colts competition playing for the Christchurch club and represented Canterbury at under-19 level in 2007.
His breakthrough into top level rugby was delayed due to a focus on other commitments, notably his job as a shepherd on his family's farm, however he began to make a name for himself playing for Mid Canterbury in the 2010 Heartland Championship. He was nominated for the Heartland player of the year award and made the team of the season.
For 2011 he moved to Marlborough to play club rugby for Harlequins and as a result of his good form, he gained selection for Tasman's B side.
Perry made the Tasman ITM Cup squad for the first time in 2012 and instantly became a regular in the number 1 jersey, playing 9 of the Makos 11 games as they were knocked out in the Championship semi-finals by Otago. He started 11 times and scored a career high 2 tries during Tasman's Championship title winning year of 2013 which culminated in a narrow 26-25 victory over Hawke's Bay in the final.
Tasman continued their meteoric rise in 2014, reaching the Premiership final in their first season after promotion before going down 36-32 to Taranaki in the final with Perry making 8 starts throughout the year. 2015 saw the Makos knocked out in the semi-finals, this time by Auckland with Perry again a key component of their scrum, playing 9 of their 11 games during the season while in 2016 the men from Nelson were again beaten finalists, losing out 43-27 to perennial champions Canterbury with Perry an ever present throughout the campaign.
A strong first season at provincial level with Tasman saw Perry named in the Blues squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season. He started 7 games in what was to be his only year in Auckland as his franchise endured a difficult season, winning only 6 of 16 games to finish 10th on the overall log.
He headed to the Crusaders for 2014 and despite stiff competition from fellow looseheads; Wyatt Crockett and Joe Moody, he acquitted himself well. Helped by an injury to Moody, Perry went on to play 10 times in his first season in Christchurch, 4 times from the start as the men in red and black reached the tournament final before losing 33-32 to the Waratahs in Sydney.
Moody's return from injury in 2015 in addition to the emergence of wider training group loosehead Alex Hodgman relegated Perry down to fourth choice number 1 and as a result, he only made a solitary substitute appearance during the campaign. However, he was still highly thought of in Crusaders country and was included in the franchise's wider training group for 2016 despite having suffered a season-ending injury playing for the Tasman Makos in 2015. After missing out on 2016, new Crusaders head coach, Scott Robertson promoted Perry back to the 'Saders senior squad for 2017.
Perry was a New Zealand Schools representative in 2006.
- ITM Cup Championship - 2013
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