Sean Hoppe

OVERALL STATISTICS

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

BIOGRAPHY



HERITAGE NO : 1096
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

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
10th Sep 1999
W
16 Bradford Bulls SL H 25 16 VIEW
17th Sep 1999
W
16 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO H 38 14 VIEW
26th Sep 1999
L
16 Bradford Bulls SLQF A 4 40 VIEW
3rd Oct 1999
W
16 Castleford Tigers SLEF H 36 6 VIEW
9th Oct 1999
W
16 Bradford Bulls SLGF N 8 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1999
L
3 Wigan Warriors * Fr A 16 30 VIEW
9th Jan 2000
W
4 Halifax Blue Sox* Fr A 29 26 VIEW
24th Jan 2000
L
5 Melbourne Storm WCC N 6 44 1 VIEW
28th Jan 2000
L
4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants* Fr H 10 20 VIEW
13th Feb 2000
W
5 Swinton Lions SCCC4 A 36 22 1 VIEW
26th Feb 2000
L
5 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 20 26 VIEW
3rd Mar 2000
L
4 Bradford Bulls SL H 10 32 VIEW
17th Mar 2000
W
14 Hull Sharks SL A 28 20 VIEW
2nd Apr 2000
W
14 Wakefield Trinity SL H 29 22 VIEW
7th Apr 2000
W
4 Leeds Rhinos SL A 42 14 VIEW
16th Apr 2000
W
4 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 52 20 VIEW
21st Apr 2000
W
4 Wigan Warriors SL H 38 14 VIEW
24th Apr 2000
W
4 Warrington Wolves SL A 47 34 1 VIEW
1st May 2000
W
4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL H 50 30 1 VIEW
7th May 2000
W
2 Castleford Tigers SL A 32 22 VIEW
12th May 2000
W
2 London Broncos SL A 26 20 VIEW
30th Jun 2000
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL H 50 20 VIEW
9th Jul 2000
W
4 Wigan Warriors SL A 30 28 1 VIEW
16th Jul 2000
W
4 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL A 40 24 VIEW
21st Jul 2000
W
4 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 18 VIEW
30th Jul 2000
W
3 Salford Reds SL A 58 4 1 VIEW
6th Aug 2000
W
3 London Broncos SL H 46 12 VIEW
13th Aug 2000
L
3 Wakefield Trinity SL A 16 32 VIEW
20th Aug 2000
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL H 58 18 VIEW
27th Aug 2000
W
4 Salford Reds SL H 50 28 VIEW
1st Sep 2000
W
2 Leeds Rhinos SL A 35 20 VIEW
9th Sep 2000
W
3 London Broncos SL A 38 12 VIEW
15th Sep 2000
L
2 Wigan Warriors SL H 4 42 VIEW
22nd Sep 2000
W
2 Bradford Bulls SLQPO H 16 11 1 VIEW
29th Sep 2000
W
2 Wigan Warriors SLQF A 54 16 1 VIEW
14th Oct 2000
W
4 Wigan Warriors SLGF N 29 16 1 VIEW
26th Dec 2000
L
3 Wigan Warriors* Fr A 20 40 VIEW
5th Jan 2001
W
2 Salford City Reds* Fr H 46 20 1 VIEW
26th Jan 2001
W
2 Brisbane Broncos WCC N 20 18 VIEW
10th Feb 2001
W
2 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 H 22 8 VIEW
4th Mar 2001
L
2 Bradford Bulls SL A 24 31 VIEW
9th Mar 2001
W
3 Huddersfield Giants SCCC6 H 54 16 VIEW
16th Mar 2001
W
2 Huddersfield Giants SL H 44 22 1 VIEW
24th Mar 2001
W
2 London Broncos SL A 20 18 1 VIEW
31st Mar 2001
W
2 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF N 27 22 VIEW
16th Apr 2001
W
2 Hull FC SL H 38 34 1 VIEW
28th Apr 2001
W
2 Bradford Bulls SCCCF N 13 6 VIEW
4th May 2001
L
4 Leeds Rhinos SL A 16 74 VIEW
9th May 2001
W
4 Castleford Tigers SL H 36 16 VIEW
11th May 2001
W
14 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 32 26 1 VIEW
18th May 2001
W
2 Salford City Reds SL H 66 16 VIEW
28th May 2001
W
2 Huddersfield Giants SL A 44 26 VIEW
2nd Jun 2001
W
2 Bradford Bulls SL H 38 26 VIEW
8th Jun 2001
W
1 London Broncos SL H 22 14 VIEW
17th Jun 2001
W
2 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 36 26 VIEW
22nd Jun 2001
L
13 Wigan Warriors SL H 28 29 1 VIEW
30th Jun 2001
L
12 Hull FC SL A 28 34 VIEW
7th Jul 2001
W
4 Warrington Wolves SL H 70 16 2 VIEW
13th Jul 2001
W
4 Leeds Rhinos SL H 46 24 1 VIEW
22nd Jul 2001
W
4 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 46 22 VIEW
29th Jul 2001
W
4 Salford City Reds SL A 56 18 2 VIEW
3rd Aug 2001
L
5 Castleford Tigers SL A 26 28 2 VIEW
10th Aug 2001
W
2 Wigan Warriors SL H 30 16 VIEW
17th Aug 2001
L
3 Bradford Bulls SL A 14 27 VIEW
26th Aug 2001
D
3 Warrington Wolves SL A 28 28 VIEW
31st Aug 2001
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL H 44 20 1 VIEW
7th Sep 2001
L
3 Leeds Rhinos SL H 18 23 1 VIEW
14th Sep 2001
L
4 Wigan Warriors SL A 6 40 VIEW
22nd Sep 2001
W
4 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO H 38 30 VIEW
28th Sep 2001
W
3 Hull FC SLESF A 24 20 VIEW
6th Oct 2001
L
3 Wigan Warriors SLEF A 10 44 VIEW
9th Jan 2002
L
14 Warrington Wolves* Fr A 4 48 VIEW
28th Jan 2002
W
3 Widnes Vikings* Fr H 24 10 VIEW
10th Feb 2002
W
4 Oldham KNGCC4 A 40 6 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 2002
W
4 Warrington Wolves KNGCC5 A 36 14 1 VIEW
2nd Mar 2002
W
4 Widnes Vikings SL A 15 14 VIEW
8th Mar 2002
W
5 Salford Reds SL H 34 2 VIEW
17th Mar 2002
W
5 Halifax Blue Sox KNGCC6 A 26 20 VIEW
22nd Mar 2002
W
11 Hull SL H 33 14 VIEW
28th Mar 2002
L
11 London Broncos SL A 6 40 VIEW
1st Apr 2002
W
14 Wigan Warriors SL H 19 0 VIEW
6th Apr 2002
W
14 Leeds Rhinos SL H 30 26 VIEW
27th Apr 2002
L
14 Wigan Warriors KNGCCF N 12 21 VIEW
7th May 2002
L
4 Castleford Tigers SL A 22 36 VIEW
12th May 2002
W
2 Warrington Wolves SL A 44 36 1 VIEW
19th May 2002
W
2 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 48 6 2 VIEW
24th May 2002
W
2 Widnes Vikings SL H 56 6 VIEW
1st Jun 2002
W
5 Salford Reds SL A 28 24 1 VIEW
7th Jun 2002
W
4 Leeds Rhinos SL A 41 14 VIEW
28th Jun 2002
W
2 Bradford Bulls SL H 34 26 VIEW
4th Jul 2002
W
14 Hull SL A 32 30 VIEW
19th Jul 2002
W
5 London Broncos SL H 22 14 VIEW
26th Jul 2002
W
14 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 21 18 1 VIEW
3rd Aug 2002
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL H 72 2 2 VIEW
9th Aug 2002
W
2 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL H 34 2 1 VIEW
16th Aug 2002
W
5 Bradford Bulls SL A 50 22 VIEW
23rd Aug 2002
W
2 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 64 0 2 VIEW
30th Aug 2002
W
2 Leeds Rhinos SL H 38 18 VIEW
8th Sep 2002
L
15 Wigan Warriors SL A 8 48 VIEW
13th Sep 2002
W
3 Hull SL H 64 10 VIEW
22nd Sep 2002
W
14 London Broncos SL A 18 16 1 VIEW
5th Oct 2002
L
5 Bradford Bulls SLQSF H 26 28 VIEW
11th Oct 2002
W
14 Wigan Warriors SLEF H 24 8 VIEW
19th Oct 2002
W
14 Bradford Bulls SLGF N 19 18 VIEW
25th Oct 2002
L
4 New Zealand Tour H 26 38 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 79 | LOSSES : 25 | DRAWS : 1

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