Sean Hoppe

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-01-1971
N/A
Date unknown.
Auckland Warriors- NZ
10-09-1999 v Bradford Bulls
New Zealand
2002- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1999-2002
98 (17)
36
0
0
144

BIOGRAPHY

Sean Hoppe by Dave Dooley:

Sean was one of only two `legends` of Rugby League that played in the European Super League during the 2002 season. He, in New Zealand, along with Adrian Lam of Wigan Warriors, in Papua New Guinea, were household names, back home, due to their exploits on the paddock. In their careers, they provided some magical moments, which gave many spectators a great deal of pleasure.

Sean only joined St. Helens towards the end of the 1999 season. During the end of season `Play Offs` his vast experience proved vital as Saints, under Head Coach, Ellery Hanley went on to claim their first Super League Grand Final win, following a narrow 8 points to 6 victory over Bradford Bulls. A Three-quarter, throughout his career, `Shoppe` excelled when he was selected in the 2nd Row position and admitted that he thoroughly enjoyed his extra involvement in proceedings.

Versatility and durability are two of Sean`s greatest assets. His ability to slot into Saints` team, in just about any position has proved to be a vital ingredient in St. Helens` Super League successes at the turn of the century. In 2000, in the centre position, he was a try scorer in both the World Club Challenge and the Super League Grand Final. The disappointment Melbourne Storm`s 44 points to 6 hammering of St. Helens in January was erased when Saints retained their Super League crown in October that same year with a fine 29-16 victory over Wigan Warriors.

In 2001, Sean along with Kevin Iro, Paul Newlove and Anthony Sullivan formed quite possibly St. Helens` most experienced ever three-quarter line. The club had its finest hour when they unexpectedly defeated Brisbane Broncos 20-18 in the World Club Challenge and later went on to win the Challenge Cup, by defeating Bradford Bulls 13-6 at Twickenham. Sean`s input in these triumphs was immense and only a crippling injury list ended any hope Saints had of winning their third consecutive Super League crown.

During the memorable 2002 season, Sean played most of his football on the wing. He was one of Saints` fittest players, who has proved to be the perfect role model for some the club`s up and coming youngsters. The example he sets and respect that he is shown is a testimony to his professionalism. In 2002, he was a beaten Challenge Cup finalist at Murrayfield and a vital member of last weekend`s Super League Grand Final winning team.

Prior to joining St. Helens, Sean played Down Under in the Winfield Cup. He played for Canberra Raiders (1992-1993), Norths (1994) and Auckland Warriors (1995-1999). He scored a record 17 tries in 33 Test Matches for New Zealand, was a member of the 1993 Kiwi Tour Party to Europe and was an itegral part of New Zealand`s 1995 World Cup Squad. In the 2000 World Cup he was a member of the Aotearoa Maoris Squad. In the 1997 World Club Championship he scored no fewer than 8 tries in his 8 matches. During his phenomenal playing career he has been one of the best wingers in the world. Not only was he named as New Zealand Player of the Year in 1993 and held the Auckland Warriors` record for tries in a season with 19, scored in their inaugural 1995 campaign for donkeys` years.

At 31 years of age, he announced that he was to retire at the end of the 2002 season. However, injuries to key players on the 2002 New Zealand touring squad provided a farewell opportunity in the Third Test against Great Britain at Central Park on November 23rd., 2002. In 97 appearances for the Saints Sean scored 36 tries, kicked no goals for an aggregate points total of 144.

To play against New Zealand, for St. Helens at the end of the 2002 was to be a very special way for Sean will end his career. In his three years with the St. Helens club he has took part in seven major finals, winning five, and has become one of the team`s best loved stars. Sean`s influence, during this period, had been immense and his absence, in the 2003 season, left a huge void.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
19990 0 0 5
2000 9 0 0 28
200114 0 0 33
2002 13 0 0 32
TOTALS:36 0 0 98
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1999 0001
20000003
20011001
20020002
TOTALS:1007

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
10th Sep 1999 W 16 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 25 16 V
17th Sep 1999 W 16 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO 1999 H 38 14 V
26th Sep 1999 L 16 Bradford Bulls SLQF 1999 A 4 40 V
3rd Oct 1999 W 16 Castleford Tigers SLEF 1999 H 36 6 V
9th Oct 1999 W 16 Bradford Bulls SLGF 1999 N 8 6 V
26th Dec 1999 L 3 Wigan Warriors * Fr 1999 A 16 30 V
9th Jan 2000 W 4 Halifax Blue Sox* Fr 2000 A 29 26 V
24th Jan 2000 L 5 Melbourne Storm WCC 2000 N 6 44 1 V
28th Jan 2000 L 4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants* Fr 2000 H 10 20 V
13th Feb 2000 W 5 Swinton Lions SCCC4 2000 A 36 22 1 V
26th Feb 2000 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 2000 A 20 26 V
3rd Mar 2000 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2000 H 10 32 V
17th Mar 2000 W 14 Hull Sharks SL 2000 A 28 20 V
2nd Apr 2000 W 14 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 H 29 22 V
7th Apr 2000 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 42 14 V
16th Apr 2000 W 4 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2000 H 52 20 V
21st Apr 2000 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 38 14 V
24th Apr 2000 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 A 47 34 1 V
1st May 2000 W 4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 H 50 30 1 V
7th May 2000 W 2 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 A 32 22 V
12th May 2000 W 2 London Broncos SL 2000 A 26 20 V
30th Jun 2000 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 50 20 V
9th Jul 2000 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 A 30 28 1 V
16th Jul 2000 W 4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 A 40 24 V
21st Jul 2000 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 H 42 18 V
30th Jul 2000 W 3 Salford Reds SL 2000 A 58 4 1 V
6th Aug 2000 W 3 London Broncos SL 2000 H 46 12 V
13th Aug 2000 L 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 16 32 V
20th Aug 2000 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 58 18 V
27th Aug 2000 W 4 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 50 28 V
1st Sep 2000 W 2 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 35 20 V
9th Sep 2000 W 3 London Broncos SL 2000 A 38 12 V
15th Sep 2000 L 2 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 4 42 V
22nd Sep 2000 W 2 Bradford Bulls SLQPO 2000 H 16 11 1 V
29th Sep 2000 W 2 Wigan Warriors SLQF 2000 A 54 16 1 V
14th Oct 2000 W 4 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2000 N 29 16 1 V
26th Dec 2000 L 3 Wigan Warriors* Fr 2000 A 20 40 V
5th Jan 2001 W 2 Salford City Reds* Fr 2001 H 46 20 1 V
26th Jan 2001 W 2 Brisbane Broncos WCC 2001 N 20 18 V
10th Feb 2001 W 2 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 2001 H 22 8 V
4th Mar 2001 L 2 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 A 24 31 V
9th Mar 2001 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SCCC6 2001 H 54 16 V
16th Mar 2001 W 2 Huddersfield Giants SL 2001 H 44 22 1 V
24th Mar 2001 W 2 London Broncos SL 2001 A 20 18 1 V
31st Mar 2001 W 2 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF 2001 N 27 22 V
16th Apr 2001 W 2 Hull FC SL 2001 H 38 34 1 V
28th Apr 2001 W 2 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 2001 N 13 6 V
4th May 2001 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 A 16 74 V
9th May 2001 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 36 16 V
11th May 2001 W 14 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 H 32 26 1 V
18th May 2001 W 2 Salford City Reds SL 2001 H 66 16 V
28th May 2001 W 2 Huddersfield Giants SL 2001 A 44 26 V
2nd Jun 2001 W 2 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 H 38 26 V
8th Jun 2001 W 1 London Broncos SL 2001 H 22 14 V
17th Jun 2001 W 2 Wakefield Trinity SL 2001 A 36 26 V
22nd Jun 2001 L 13 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 28 29 1 V
30th Jun 2001 L 12 Hull FC SL 2001 A 28 34 V
7th Jul 2001 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 H 70 16 2 V
13th Jul 2001 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 46 24 1 V
22nd Jul 2001 W 4 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 A 46 22 V
29th Jul 2001 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2001 A 56 18 2 V
3rd Aug 2001 L 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 A 26 28 2 V
10th Aug 2001 W 2 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 30 16 V
17th Aug 2001 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 A 14 27 V
26th Aug 2001 D 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 A 28 28 V
31st Aug 2001 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 44 20 1 V
7th Sep 2001 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 18 23 1 V
14th Sep 2001 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 6 40 V
22nd Sep 2001 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO 2001 H 38 30 V
28th Sep 2001 W 3 Hull FC SLESF 2001 A 24 20 V
6th Oct 2001 L 3 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2001 A 10 44 V
9th Jan 2002 L 14 Warrington Wolves* Fr 2002 A 4 48 V
28th Jan 2002 W 3 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2002 H 24 10 V
10th Feb 2002 W 4 Oldham KNGCC4 2002 A 40 6 1 V
23rd Feb 2002 W 4 Warrington Wolves KNGCC5 2002 A 36 14 1 V
2nd Mar 2002 W 4 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 A 15 14 V
8th Mar 2002 W 5 Salford Reds SL 2002 H 34 2 V
17th Mar 2002 W 5 Halifax Blue Sox KNGCC6 2002 A 26 20 V
22nd Mar 2002 W 11 Hull SL 2002 H 33 14 V
28th Mar 2002 L 11 London Broncos SL 2002 A 6 40 V
1st Apr 2002 W 14 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 H 19 0 V
6th Apr 2002 W 14 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 30 26 V
27th Apr 2002 L 14 Wigan Warriors KNGCCF 2002 N 12 21 V
7th May 2002 L 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 A 22 36 V
12th May 2002 W 2 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 A 44 36 1 V
19th May 2002 W 2 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 A 48 6 2 V
24th May 2002 W 2 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 H 56 6 V
1st Jun 2002 W 5 Salford Reds SL 2002 A 28 24 1 V
7th Jun 2002 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 A 41 14 V
28th Jun 2002 W 2 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 H 34 26 V
4th Jul 2002 W 14 Hull SL 2002 A 32 30 V
19th Jul 2002 W 5 London Broncos SL 2002 H 22 14 V
26th Jul 2002 W 14 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 A 21 18 1 V
3rd Aug 2002 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 H 72 2 2 V
9th Aug 2002 W 2 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 H 34 2 1 V
16th Aug 2002 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 50 22 V
23rd Aug 2002 W 2 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 64 0 2 V
30th Aug 2002 W 2 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 38 18 V
8th Sep 2002 L 15 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 48 V
13th Sep 2002 W 3 Hull SL 2002 H 64 10 V
22nd Sep 2002 W 14 London Broncos SL 2002 A 18 16 1 V
5th Oct 2002 L 5 Bradford Bulls SLQSF 2002 H 26 28 V
11th Oct 2002 W 14 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2002 H 24 8 V
19th Oct 2002 W 14 Bradford Bulls SLGF 2002 N 19 18 V
25th Oct 2002 L 4 New Zealand Tour 2002 H 26 38 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 91 OTHER 7 = 98
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 17 Subs) = 98

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