Keiron Cunningham (born 28 October 1976 in St Helens) is a former British professional rugby league footballer. A Great Britain and Wales international representative hooker, he played his entire club rugby career at St. Helens, with whom he won numerous trophies.
As of October 2014, Cunningham is the head coach of his beloved St Helens RFC following the departure of Australian Nathan Brown under whom he was assistant coach for 2 years.
Cunningham made his debut in the 1993-94 Rugby Football League season and soon established himself as a world class hooker, renowned for his dynamic running from dummy-half and ability to poach tries from short distances. He represented both Great Britain and Wales in international matches, qualifying for Wales because of a Welsh grandfather.
In 2010, having made over 400 appearances for St Helens, Cunningham announced that he would be retiring from rugby league following the culmination of 2010's Super League XV. 2010 also marked the final year at St Helens' Knowsley Road ground before moving to a new stadium. It was, in fact, Kieron Cunningham who scored the final try ever at the prestigious ground in his penultimate match. However, despite a memorable 2010 play-offs for Cunningham, there was to be no fairytale ending as his last ever game ended in defeat against arch rivals Wigan in the 2010 Super League Grand Final.
During his career he won 5 Super League Championships, 7 Challenge Cup Winners Medals and 2 World Club Challenge Winners Medals, was named in the Super League Dream Team on 6 occasions, and in July 2007 Rugby League World magazine ranked him as the greatest player of the Super League era. Following a supporters' poll featuring the likes of Tom van Vollenhoven and Alex Murphy, Cunningham was chosen to be cast as a bronze statue outside of Langtree Park. The statue was unveiled on Chalon Way opposite the Glass House pub in March 2010 and was relocated to the stadium following its completion in October 2011.
Following his retirement as a player, Cunningham took up an assistant coaching role in the strength and conditioning department at St Helens. After the sacking of Royce Simmons in 2012 he was appointed assistant head coach of St Helens, working alongside temporary head coach Mike Rush.
On Monday 20th October 2014, Cunningham was appointed as Head Coach of St Helens. He appointed former Saints team-mate Sean Long to assist him for his role.