Kevin Iro

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-05-1968
N/A
Date unknown.
Auckland Warriors- NZ
27-02-1999 v Leeds Rhinos
Wigan Warriors
2001- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1999-2001
84 (1)
42
0
0
168

BIOGRAPHY

Kevin Iro by Alex Service

Born on 25 May 1968, Kevin Iro was approaching the veteran stage of his career when he was a shock signing by the St.Helens club before the 1999 campaign. A powerfully-built centre at over 15 stones, with the ability to burst through even the tightest defences, he could also off-load the ball in pressure situations, often using one hand, while he fended off the attentions of would-be tacklers. Iro was well-known to British fans, having enjoyed spells with Wigan and Leeds. He won three Challenge Cups with the Wigan club, together with two League Championships. After a spell with Manly, he joined Leeds, from 1992-1996, before joining the fledgling Hunter Mariners and later, Auckland Warriors on his way to Knowsley Road. He made his debut on the bench against Leeds at Headingley in a Challenge Cup tie, which the Saints lost 16-24.

Kevin was very much a ‘big game’ player, who would score vital tries when they were most needed. He formed a dynamic centre pairing in the St.Helens team with Paul Newlove and Kevin went on to score a vital four-pointer in the 1999 Grand Final against Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford that levelled the scores at 6-6 prior to Sean Long’s magnificent winning conversion. Iro revelled in the Saints’ style of fast, open football as the team repeated their Grand Final success in 2000 by defeating deadly rivals Wigan 29-16 in a pulsating encounter. Iro’s vast experience was utilised in the World Club Championship victory over Brisbane Broncos early in the New Year and the Saints completed a fabulous ‘treble’ by beating Bradford Bulls at Twickenham in the Challenge Cup Final.

Universally known as the ‘Beast’, Iro will always be remembered in terms of the major finals. Yet he also produced some superb performances for St.Helens in the Super League competition, particularly against Wigan on Good Friday 2000, when he notched a scintillating hat-trick in a 38-14 triumph. His second included a fabulous dummy, totally bamboozling Wigan’s star full-back Radlinski. It was the Saints’ first home win against the Old Enemy since 1996, the first season of Super League.

Iro made 34 appearances for New Zealand during his career, playing in several Tests with his brother Tony. He announced his retirement from the New Zealand team and was selected as Captain for the Cook Islands in the 2000 World Cup competition. Although failing to qualify for the later stages, the side finished with a 22-22 draw against the Lebanon the first international to be played ‘indoors’ at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium! Always a name on the team-sheet to strike trepidation into the opposition, Kevin’s power was sadly missed at Knowsley Road following his retirement in 2001, where he had achieved so much in such a relatively short space of time.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
19998 0 0 24
200022 0 0 28
2001 12 0 0 32
TOTALS:42 0 0 84
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20011001
TOTALS:1001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
27th Feb 1999 L 14 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 1999 A 16 24 V
7th Mar 1999 W 3 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 30 12 V
21st Mar 1999 W 3 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 34 22 2 V
2nd Apr 1999 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 14 12 1 V
5th Apr 1999 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 58 14 V
9th Apr 1999 W 3 London Broncos SL 1999 A 34 18 V
18th Apr 1999 W 3 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 H 39 30 1 V
25th Apr 1999 W 3 Hull Sharks SL 1999 A 30 10 V
19th May 1999 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 A 33 14 V
23rd May 1999 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 H 57 20 V
30th May 1999 W 3 Halifax Blue sox SL 1999 A 28 22 V
6th Jun 1999 W 3 Salford Reds SL 1999 H 48 0 1 V
13th Jun 1999 L 3 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 A 20 32 V
23rd Jul 1999 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 A 28 12 V
30th Jul 1999 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 H 64 16 V
8th Aug 1999 W 3 Wakefield Wildcats SL 1999 H 42 34 V
15th Aug 1999 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 A 35 12 V
30th Aug 1999 L 3 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 32 36 V
5th Sep 1999 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 20 28 1 V
10th Sep 1999 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 25 16 1 V
17th Sep 1999 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO 1999 H 38 14 V
26th Sep 1999 L 3 Bradford Bulls SLQF 1999 A 4 40 V
3rd Oct 1999 W 3 Castleford Tigers SLEF 1999 H 36 6 V
9th Oct 1999 W 3 Bradford Bulls SLGF 1999 N 8 6 1 V
24th Jan 2000 L 3 Melbourne Storm WCC 2000 N 6 44 V
13th Feb 2000 W 3 Swinton Lions SCCC4 2000 A 36 22 3 V
26th Feb 2000 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 2000 A 20 26 V
3rd Mar 2000 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2000 H 10 32 V
17th Mar 2000 W 3 Hull Sharks SL 2000 A 28 20 V
2nd Apr 2000 W 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 H 29 22 V
7th Apr 2000 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 42 14 1 V
16th Apr 2000 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2000 H 52 20 1 V
21st Apr 2000 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 38 14 3 V
24th Apr 2000 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 A 47 34 1 V
1st May 2000 W 3 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 H 50 30 5 V
7th May 2000 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 A 32 22 1 V
12th May 2000 W 3 London Broncos SL 2000 A 26 20 V
21st May 2000 W 3 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 46 22 2 V
28th May 2000 W 3 Hull Sharks SL 2000 H 27 14 V
2nd Jun 2000 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2000 A 16 17 V
11th Jun 2000 W 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 30 22 V
9th Jul 2000 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 A 30 28 V
21st Jul 2000 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 H 42 18 V
30th Jul 2000 W 4 Salford Reds SL 2000 A 58 4 2 V
6th Aug 2000 W 4 London Broncos SL 2000 H 46 12 V
13th Aug 2000 L 4 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 16 32 V
20th Aug 2000 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 58 18 1 V
1st Sep 2000 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 35 20 V
15th Sep 2000 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 4 42 V
22nd Sep 2000 W 3 Bradford Bulls SLQPO 2000 H 16 11 V
29th Sep 2000 W 3 Wigan Warriors SLQF 2000 A 54 16 2 V
14th Oct 2000 W 3 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2000 N 29 16 V
5th Jan 2001 W 3 Salford City Reds* Fr 2001 H 46 20 1 V
26th Jan 2001 W 3 Brisbane Broncos WCC 2001 N 20 18 V
10th Feb 2001 W 3 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 2001 H 22 8 V
16th Mar 2001 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2001 H 44 22 2 V
24th Mar 2001 W 3 London Broncos SL 2001 A 20 18 V
31st Mar 2001 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF 2001 N 27 22 V
6th Apr 2001 W 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2001 H 24 0 1 V
13th Apr 2001 D 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 22 22 1 V
16th Apr 2001 W 3 Hull FC SL 2001 H 38 34 V
28th Apr 2001 W 3 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 2001 N 13 6 V
4th May 2001 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 A 16 74 1 V
9th May 2001 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 36 16 V
11th May 2001 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 H 32 26 V
18th May 2001 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2001 H 66 16 1 V
28th May 2001 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2001 A 44 26 V
2nd Jun 2001 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 H 38 26 V
8th Jun 2001 W 3 London Broncos SL 2001 H 22 14 V
17th Jun 2001 W 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2001 A 36 26 1 V
22nd Jun 2001 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 28 29 V
30th Jun 2001 L 3 Hull FC SL 2001 A 28 34 1 V
7th Jul 2001 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 H 70 16 V
13th Jul 2001 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 46 24 1 V
22nd Jul 2001 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 A 46 22 V
29th Jul 2001 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2001 A 56 18 V
3rd Aug 2001 L 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 A 26 28 1 V
10th Aug 2001 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 30 16 V
17th Aug 2001 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 A 14 27 V
31st Aug 2001 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 44 20 V
7th Sep 2001 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 18 23 V
14th Sep 2001 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 6 40 V
22nd Sep 2001 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO 2001 H 38 30 1 V
28th Sep 2001 W 4 Hull FC SLESF 2001 A 24 20 V
6th Oct 2001 L 4 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2001 A 10 44 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 83 OTHER 1 = 84
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 1 Subs) = 84

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