Kevin Iro

OVERALL STATISTICS

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

BIOGRAPHY


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HERITAGE NO : 1090
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 success 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 Lebanon, the first international to be played with the roof totally enclosed 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

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
27th Feb 1999
L
14 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 16 24 VIEW
7th Mar 1999
W
3 Salford Reds SL A 30 12 VIEW
21st Mar 1999
W
3 Gateshead Thunder SL H 34 22 2 VIEW
2nd Apr 1999
W
3 Wigan Warriors SL A 14 12 1 VIEW
5th Apr 1999
W
3 Bradford Bulls SL H 58 14 VIEW
9th Apr 1999
W
3 London Broncos SL A 34 18 VIEW
18th Apr 1999
W
3 Sheffield Eagles SL H 39 30 1 VIEW
25th Apr 1999
W
3 Hull Sharks SL A 30 10 VIEW
19th May 1999
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL A 33 14 VIEW
23rd May 1999
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL H 57 20 VIEW
30th May 1999
W
3 Halifax Blue sox SL A 28 22 VIEW
6th Jun 1999
W
3 Salford Reds SL H 48 0 1 VIEW
13th Jun 1999
L
3 Gateshead Thunder SL A 20 32 VIEW
23rd Jul 1999
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SL A 28 12 VIEW
30th Jul 1999
W
3 Huddersfield Giants SL H 64 16 VIEW
8th Aug 1999
W
3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL H 42 34 VIEW
15th Aug 1999
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL A 35 12 VIEW
30th Aug 1999
L
3 Gateshead Thunder SL H 32 36 VIEW
5th Sep 1999
L
3 Wigan Warriors SL A 20 28 1 VIEW
10th Sep 1999
W
3 Bradford Bulls SL H 25 16 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1999
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO H 38 14 VIEW
26th Sep 1999
L
3 Bradford Bulls SLQF A 4 40 VIEW
3rd Oct 1999
W
3 Castleford Tigers SLEF H 36 6 VIEW
9th Oct 1999
W
3 Bradford Bulls SLGF N 8 6 1 VIEW
24th Jan 2000
L
3 Melbourne Storm WCC N 6 44 VIEW
13th Feb 2000
W
3 Swinton Lions SCCC4 A 36 22 3 VIEW
26th Feb 2000
L
3 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 20 26 VIEW
3rd Mar 2000
L
3 Bradford Bulls SL H 10 32 VIEW
17th Mar 2000
W
3 Hull Sharks SL A 28 20 VIEW
2nd Apr 2000
W
3 Wakefield Trinity SL H 29 22 VIEW
7th Apr 2000
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SL A 42 14 1 VIEW
16th Apr 2000
W
3 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 52 20 1 VIEW
21st Apr 2000
W
3 Wigan Warriors SL H 38 14 3 VIEW
24th Apr 2000
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL A 47 34 1 VIEW
1st May 2000
W
3 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL H 50 30 5 VIEW
7th May 2000
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL A 32 22 1 VIEW
12th May 2000
W
3 London Broncos SL A 26 20 VIEW
21st May 2000
W
3 Salford Reds SL H 46 22 2 VIEW
28th May 2000
W
3 Hull Sharks SL H 27 14 VIEW
2nd Jun 2000
L
3 Bradford Bulls SL A 16 17 VIEW
11th Jun 2000
W
3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 30 22 VIEW
9th Jul 2000
W
3 Wigan Warriors SL A 30 28 VIEW
21st Jul 2000
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 18 VIEW
30th Jul 2000
W
4 Salford Reds SL A 58 4 2 VIEW
6th Aug 2000
W
4 London Broncos SL H 46 12 VIEW
13th Aug 2000
L
4 Wakefield Trinity SL A 16 32 VIEW
20th Aug 2000
W
4 Warrington Wolves SL H 58 18 1 VIEW
1st Sep 2000
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SL A 35 20 VIEW
15th Sep 2000
L
3 Wigan Warriors SL H 4 42 VIEW
22nd Sep 2000
W
3 Bradford Bulls SLQPO H 16 11 VIEW
29th Sep 2000
W
3 Wigan Warriors SLQF A 54 16 2 VIEW
14th Oct 2000
W
3 Wigan Warriors SLGF N 29 16 VIEW
5th Jan 2001
W
3 Salford City Reds* Fr H 46 20 1 VIEW
26th Jan 2001
W
3 Brisbane Broncos WCC N 20 18 VIEW
10th Feb 2001
W
3 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 H 22 8 VIEW
16th Mar 2001
W
3 Huddersfield Giants SL H 44 22 2 VIEW
24th Mar 2001
W
3 London Broncos SL A 20 18 VIEW
31st Mar 2001
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF N 27 22 VIEW
6th Apr 2001
W
3 Wakefield Trinity SL H 24 0 1 VIEW
13th Apr 2001
D
3 Wigan Warriors SL A 22 22 1 VIEW
16th Apr 2001
W
3 Hull FC SL H 38 34 VIEW
28th Apr 2001
W
3 Bradford Bulls SCCCF N 13 6 VIEW
4th May 2001
L
3 Leeds Rhinos SL A 16 74 1 VIEW
9th May 2001
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL H 36 16 VIEW
11th May 2001
W
3 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 32 26 VIEW
18th May 2001
W
3 Salford City Reds SL H 66 16 1 VIEW
28th May 2001
W
3 Huddersfield Giants SL A 44 26 VIEW
2nd Jun 2001
W
3 Bradford Bulls SL H 38 26 VIEW
8th Jun 2001
W
3 London Broncos SL H 22 14 VIEW
17th Jun 2001
W
3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 36 26 1 VIEW
22nd Jun 2001
L
3 Wigan Warriors SL H 28 29 VIEW
30th Jun 2001
L
3 Hull FC SL A 28 34 1 VIEW
7th Jul 2001
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL H 70 16 VIEW
13th Jul 2001
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SL H 46 24 1 VIEW
22nd Jul 2001
W
3 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 46 22 VIEW
29th Jul 2001
W
3 Salford City Reds SL A 56 18 VIEW
3rd Aug 2001
L
3 Castleford Tigers SL A 26 28 1 VIEW
10th Aug 2001
W
3 Wigan Warriors SL H 30 16 VIEW
17th Aug 2001
L
4 Bradford Bulls SL A 14 27 VIEW
31st Aug 2001
W
4 Castleford Tigers SL H 44 20 VIEW
7th Sep 2001
L
4 Leeds Rhinos SL H 18 23 VIEW
14th Sep 2001
L
3 Wigan Warriors SL A 6 40 VIEW
22nd Sep 2001
W
3 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO H 38 30 1 VIEW
28th Sep 2001
W
4 Hull FC SLESF A 24 20 VIEW
6th Oct 2001
L
4 Wigan Warriors SLEF A 10 44 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 65 | LOSSES : 19 | DRAWS : 1

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