Ade Gardner

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Ade Gardner
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Personal information
Full name Adrian Antonio Gardner
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 31)
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st 11 lb (94 kg) [1]
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–Present St. Helens 281 167 0 0 688
2014 (loan) Hull KR 10 5 0 0 20
Total 291 172 0 0 708
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–2012 England 7 8 0 0 32
2006–2007 Great Britain 5 2 0 0 8
As of 2 November 2008
Source: Rugby League Project

Adrian Antonio Gardner (born 24 June 1983) is an English professional rugby league footballer for St. Helens of Super League. A Great Britain representative winger, he previously played for Barrow Raiders. He is the older brother of Ex-Salford City Reds winger, Mat Gardner.

Gardner went to St Columbas Roman Catholic School and St. Bernard's Catholic High School at Primary and Secondary level respectively. He started 6th form but decided to concentrate on his love affair with the gym.

Gardner made his Super League debut in a match against London Broncos on 28 March 2002, which St Helens lost. Having won Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. Gardner played at on the wing in Saints' 38-0 loss. He established himself as a first team regular in 2003 and has now appeared 281 times for St Helens, scoring 167 tries. Gardner played for St Helens on the wing in their 2006 Challenge Cup Final victory against the Huddersfield Giants. Gardner also finished the 2006 season as St. Helens leading try scorer with 29 tries in all competitions.

Gardner was named in the Great Britain training squad throughout 2006. He scored on his international debut in XXXX Test Match against New Zealand on 27 June 2006.

St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull FC and Gardner played on the wing and scored a try in Saints' 26-4 victory. He was a surprise omission from the Great Britain squad for the 2006 Tri-nations. As 2006 Super League champions, St Helens faced 2006 NRL Premiers the Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Gardner played on the wing and scored two tries in Saints' 18-14 victory.

Gardner was selected in June 2007 in a young Great Britain team named by new coach Tony Smith for their match against France at Headingley. On 25 August, he scored two tries for St Helens at Wembley Stadium to help Saints win their 11th Challenge Cup.

He was named in the Super League Dream Team for 2008's Super League XIII season.[2]

He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Leeds Rhinos.[3]

Gardner was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.[4] Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played on the wing and scored two tries in England's victory.

In the 2014 season, Ade Gardner is currently on loan to Hull KR, scoring 5 tries in 10 appearances. On the 17th May at the Etihad Stadium during 2014 Magic Weekend, he scored 2 tries in Hull KR's 38-24 victory against Hull FC.[5] 8 days later at KC Lightstream stadium, he scored another 2 tries in Hull KR's 48-16 victory over London Broncos.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Teams First Team Players". web page. Saints RFC. 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "2008 engage Super League Dream Team". Super League. 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 2008-10-04. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "BBC Sport - Magic Weekend: Hull KR 38-24 Hull FC". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rugby League - Rovers romp to London win - Yahoo Eurosport UK". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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