Gene Ngamu

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Gene Ngamu
Personal information
Full name Gene Robert Ngamu
Born (1974-01-27) 27 January 1974 (age 40)
New Zealand
Playing information
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (12 st 4 lb)
Position Five-eighth, Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–91 Marist Saints
1992–93 Manly-Warringah 9 1 0 0 4
1994 South Sydney 1 0 0 0 0
1995–99 Auckland 81 11 118 3 283
1999–00 Huddersfield-Sheffield 32 9 67 0 170
Total 123 21 185 3 457
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993–99 New Zealand 25 11 8 1 61
2000 Aotearoa Māori 2 0 3 1 7
Source: RLP

Gene Robert Ngamu[1] (born 27 January 1974) is a New Zealand former rugby league player. He played mainly at Halfback or Five Eighth and is probably best known for his combination with Stacey Jones in the Auckland Warriors and New Zealand Kiwis.

Early years[edit]

Ngamu started his career at the Marist Saints and Northcote Tigers in the Auckland Rugby League competition.[2] He joined the Tigers in the 1992 pre-season while on a scholarship with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, however was called to Sydney full-time before the season began.[3]

Australian Competition[edit]

In 1992 he moved to Sydney, signing with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on a two year deal. He made the Junior Kiwis in 1992.

In 1994 he joined the South Sydney Rabbitohs but could not break into the first grade side.

He returned home in 1995 to join the new Auckland Warriors franchise, playing in the inaugural run on side. A goalkicker, Ngamu holds the record for Most Points in a Match for the Auckland Warriors, a feat only equaled by Ivan Cleary and James Maloney. He stayed with the Warriors until the 1999 season, when he left for England. Ngamu was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played from the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss.

England[edit]

Ngamu had an unhappy two seasons with the Huddersfield-Sheffield joint franchise before leaving England.[4]

Later years[edit]

Ngamu then joined a rugby union club in Manly before retiring from professional football. In 2005 he played for the North Harbour Dolphins in the Phelan Shield before being called into the North Harbour Tigers team mid way through the 2005 Bartercard Cup.[5] Gene then retired with his wife Fiona and had a family.

Representative career[edit]

Ngamu made his international debut for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1993, one year after his Junior Kiwis debut.

He played in two World Cups, representing the Kiwis in 1995 and the Aotearoa Māori in 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NGAMU, GENE ROBERT 1993 - 99 - KIWI #642 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ Richard Becht. A New Breed Rising: The Warriors Winfield Cup Challenge. Auckland, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 1-86950-154-3. p.183
  3. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1992 New Zealand Rugby League, 1992. p.p.131-143
  4. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  5. ^ Ngamu gets Tigers call-up The Press, 5 August 2005