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01.17.2020

AN ALIGNMENT OF VALUES

Star Rugby Halfback TJ Perenara Joins Under Armour Roster

AN ALIGNMENT OF VALUES

Star Rugby Halfback TJ Perenara Joins Under Armour Roster

At Under Armour, our values define and unite us. Never just words on a page or splashed across a screen, they are rallying cries, reminding us why we’re here and connecting usour teammates, our customers and our athletes.

Under Armour welcomes TJ Perenara to the family. Having already built and impressive career in New Zealand rugby as a formidable and competitive halfback, he heads into the 2020 Rugby season as co-captain and the most capped player for the Wellington Team, in which he leads the franchise in total games played. His focus, to chase down his second Champions medal with the team from New Zealand’s capital city.

TJ has represented New Zealand on the world stage as part of the men’s national rugby team, since his debut in 2014. Most notably recognised for leading the Haka, the traditional name for the Maori ceremonial war dance performed prior to all national test matches, however, his highlights in the recognizable black jersey include a 2015 World Cup title and scoring the 2019 Try of The Year for his effort against Namibia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“My loved ones and my community are everything to me. I want people from Porirua to be as openly proud of our city as I am. I start this journey with Under Armour knowing that I will be supported in giving back to my community. Under Armour empowers me as player and as a person—so it’s important I empower those people that are important to me.”
- TJ Perenara

Never one to shy away from speaking up, TJ has won over fans by staying true to his beliefs and speaking up on social issues. The power of sport is fuelled by every race, nationality, gender, orientation, and creed you can imagine all over the world. He wears his heart on his sleeve, both on and off the field, but has the maturity to realise his way isn’t the only way. 

Under Armour and TJ will collaborate on a number of giveback initiatives in his local community. “I want people to see the significance of this relationship across my rugby career and my personal journey. But first, I have to play good footy. That’s non-negotiable," said TJ.

TJ joins Lisa Carringtondouble Olympic and five-time World Kayaking championto the New Zealand UA roster. Both TJ and Lisa will represent and use Under Armour’s latest athletic performance innovations, including UA HOVR footwear technology, UA RUSH and UA RECOVER apparel, as they ready themselves for their next challenge.