PLAYERS | James Fisher-Harris


Panther 557

156 matches [2016-2022]

48 points [12 tries]


New Zealand born forward who was a member of the 2015 Under 20s premiership winning team.

He made his NRL debut in the opening round of the 2016 season, playing 23 matches in his first season, initially off the bench but then later as a starting second rower.

Fisher Harris’ form was rewarded with selection in the New Zealand Four Nations squad, making his Test debut on that tour.

Injury restricted him to just 15 appearances in 2017 and missed out on selection for the New Zealand World Cup squad.

2018 saw him secure the lock forward position for the Panthers, making 25 NRL appearances and also saw him make a return to the New Zealand test team.

A move to the front row in 2019 saw him only grow as a player, and his ability to lead by example saw him awarded the Merv Cartwright Medal.

During the 2020 season, he marked 100 NRL appearances for Penrith and had also established himself as one of the game’s premier forwards, playing in all 23 matches that culminated in their grand final loss to the Storm, however the accolades kept coming, being named in the front row in the Dally M team of the year and the NZRL men’s player of the year.

In 2021, he extended his stay at the Panthers until the end of 2026. His leadership was rewarded when he was appointed captain for three matches in the middle of the season. Although he missed a few matches later in the season when he left the ‘COVID bubble’ to care for his newborn son, he returned in time for Penrith’s run on the finals. He was once again named in the Dally M team of the year and capped off a memorable season with a premiership.

He passed the 150 match milestone midway through the 2022 season and retained the captaincy (shared with team mate Dylan Edwards) during the Origin period. On the back of winning a second straight premiership with the Panthers, he made some quite colourful comments about runners up Parramatta, and was selected for New Zealand for the World Cup, where he was appointed captain for one of the matches during the pool stage.

Page last updated 30 November 2022


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