Ian Kirke

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Ian Kirke
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Personal information
Nickname Captain, Kirky, Tank
Born (1981-12-26) 26 December 1981 (age 32)
Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 17 st 7 lb (111 kg) [1]
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–04 Dewsbury Rams 30 1 0 0 4
2006– Leeds Rhinos 203 12 0 0 48
Total 233 13 0 0 52
As of 8 May 2014

Ian Kirke is an English professional rugby league footballer for English club Leeds Rhinos of Super League. He made his Leeds debut on 5 March 2006 when Leeds played Castleford. During the close to season 2006 he had surgery on both his shoulders to fix a long term injury. Attended Hornsea School and Language College.

Although the reason is unknown, he prefers to be referred to as 'John'. He lives in Leeds with his life partner Moll-Tuck. Ian's personal life has not been without controversy, in 2009 he was romantically linked to the American actress Lindsay Lohan, although this was subsequently denied by Lohan's PR team by way of a statement saying "Lindsay has never heard of Ian Kirke and is unaware of the game of rugby" the player has never officially commented. In addition to Lohan, Kirke has also been linked to 3 Victoria's secret models, although never officially identified it thought the models featured in the Victoria's Secret campaigns.

After spells in both halves of Hull and Dewsbury, Kirke's breakthrough came at York as he quietly set about laying the foundations for their National League Two triumph. Tony Rea took him on loan to London Broncos and Leeds acted on the hint and snapped him. His father, Bob Kirke, used to play for Hull KR and is now a year 3 teacher at Hornsea Community Primary School.

He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens.[2]

In July 2011, Kirke was given a new two year contract at Leeds.[3] Later that year he played from the substitute bench for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan.


  1. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC Sport. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Prop Ian Kirke commits future to Leeds Rhinos". BBC Sport. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013.