Long playing for Hull in 2010
24 September 1976
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 13 st 5 lb (85 kg)
St Helens 265
Great Britain 15
Sean Long (born 24 September 1976 in Wigan) is an English former professional rugby league and current rugby union footballer with Preston Grasshoppers. Long is seen by many as one of the finest scrum halves of his generation. Off field activities have often caused controversy in Sean's career. He has played for [2 ] Wigan, Widnes and Hull but is best known for playing for St Helens in the Super League. Internationally he has represented England and Great Britain at Halfback. Although primarily a Scrum-half he has also played many games at Stand-off. Long has gained many club honours and has won three Lance Todd Trophies for man-of-the-match performances in the Challenge Cup final after St. Helens won the trophy in the 2001, 2004 and 2006 finals.
Early life [ edit ]
Between the ages of eleven and thirteen Long attended
St Joseph's Catholic Comprehensive School in Horwich but moved to the Deanery High School on Frog Lane in Wigan because the former only played soccer not rugby. See Long's Autobiography, Longy page 35.
Playing career [ edit ]
After signing from local amateur side, Wigan St. Jude's, Long started his career at
Wigan. After Wigan released him from his contract, Long moved to Widnes, where he attracted the attention of several of the Super League's top clubs. He was signed by St Helens in 1997 to replace the departing [3 ] Bobbie Goulding.
In the 1997 post season, Long was selected to play for
Great Britain from the interchange bench in two matches of the Super League Test series against Australia. Long played for St Helens RLFC from the interchange bench, kicking two goals in their 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls.
Long twice set the St. Helens record for the number of points scored in a
Super League season, gaining 284 points in 1999 and 352 points in 2000. Having won the 1999 Championship, [4 ] St Helens RLFC contested in the 2000 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers the Melbourne Storm, with Long playing at scrum half back and kicking a goal in the loss. Long played for St Helens RLFC at scrum half back and kicked four goals in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors. As Super League V champions, St Helens RLFC played against 2000 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos in the 2001 World Club Challenge. Long played at scrum half back, scoring a try, three goals and a field goal in Saints' victory.
Long played for
St Helens RFC at scrum half back, scoring a try, a goal and the match-winning drop goal in their 2002 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. Having won [5 ] Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. Long played at stand-off half back in Saints' 38-0 loss. Long was selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played at scrum half back in the Lions' 44-4 loss. By 2005, Long had scored 2,000 points for St Helens. During the 2005 season, he sustained a broken cheek bone in a challenge by Wigan's Terry Newton. [6 ]
Long played for St Helens at scrum half back and scored a
try in their 2006 Challenge Cup Final victory against the Huddersfield Giants. St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull FC and Long played at scrum half back in Saints' 26-4 victory. Following the season, Long was selected for Great Britain in the Tri nations. Long played in the first game between Great Britain and Australia, which resulted in Great Britain's first victory in Sydney in 18 years, with a score of 23-12. However, on 13 November 2006, Long returned home from the Tri-Nations tour, with 'personal reasons' cited as the reason by Great Britain coach Brian Noble. As 2006 Super League champions, St Helens faced 2006 NRL Premiers the [7 ] Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Long captained Saints from scrum half back in their 18-14 victory. St. Helens in 2007 took all honours apart from the Super League title when they were beaten by Leeds at Old Trafford in the Grand Final. In 2007 Long played his testimonial match for St. Helens playing against Leigh. Former St. Helens players returned for the game, including Chris Joynt, Tommy Martyn and Paul Newlove. St. Helens won the game 40-10. [8 ]
Long officially retired from
International football on 16 April 2007, wishing to concentrate on his club career. He has stated that it is a "big possibility" that he will play football in the NRL in the future. [9 ] Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart expressed some interest in employing in the Shire in 2008 but the arrangement was cancelled.
He played in 2008's
Super League XIII Grand Final defeat to Leeds. [10 ]
On 1 June 2009 it was announced that Sean had signed a two year contract with
Hull for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Also in 2009 an Autobiography, [11 ] Longy: Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal was published. Long kicked his 1,000th goal for St. Helens on 22 February 2009 in a game against [12 ] Huddersfield. [13 ]
Sean Long announced his retirement from playing rugby league on the morning of 10 August 2011. He now has an assistant coaching job
with the [14 ] Salford. On 1 November it was announced he had signed a playing contract with Rugby Union side [15 ] Preston Grasshoppers in SSE National League 2 North.
References [ edit ]