Vinnie Anderson

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Vincent Anderson
Vinnie Anderson Warriors.jpg
Personal information
Full name Vincent Manase Mohenoa Anderson[1]
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 35)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Centre, Five-eighth, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–04 NZ Warriors 55 13 0 0 52
2005–06 St Helens 42 16 0 0 88
2007–10 Warrington 88 31 0 0 124
2011–12 Salford 37 14 0 0 55
Total 222 74 0 0 319
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–2006 New Zealand 6 5 0 0 20

Vinnie Anderson (born 2 February 1979 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer for Salford of Europe's Super League competition. A New Zealand international representative loose-forward or stand-off, he previously played for St. Helens, Warrington and NRL side, New Zealand Warriors. He is the elder brother of Louis and Fraser Anderson, and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Early years[edit]

Anderson played for Northcote Tigers and Mount Albert Lions in the Auckland Rugby League competition before transferring to East Coast Bays Barracudas to play alongside his father Warrick. His father later coached the Barracudas to the 2003 Fox Memorial title.[3]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

Anderson debuted for New Zealand Warriors in Round 17 of the 2002 National Rugby League, playing against Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on 7 July 2002. That year the Warriors went on to the 2002 NRL Grand Final, which they lost 30-8 to Sydney City Roosters.

In 2003 he played centre as New Zealand Warriors fell one victory short of a consecutive Grand Final appearance.

At the end of 2003 Anderson made his International debut for New Zealand Kiwis in the 100th match between the New Zealand and the Australian team. Playing at centre, Anderson scored two tries as the Kiwis won 30-16.

Anderson also played Stand-Off for the 2004 New Zealand Tri-Nations side. The campaign was unsuccessful although he did manage to score tries in all but one of the 4 test matches against Australia and Great Britain. The tour also saw the start of brother Louis Anderson's Test career.

Before departing at the start of the 2005 NRL season for the European Super League, Anderson had carved a reputation for tough tackling and good ball skills.

St Helens[edit]

Anderson signed St. Helens in 2005 after the Rugby Football League refused to register him as a London Broncos player because of the London sides financial problems at the time.[4]

Anderson fit well into the St Helens flamboyant style of rugby league and formed a deadly right-hand side combination with Jamie Lyon and Darren Albert.

In his 2 years at St. Helens they finished as League Leaders in 2005 and then won both the Challenge Cup and Super League in 2006.

Anderson playing for Warrington

Warrington[edit]

Vinnie joined Warrington in 2007. He was joined at Warrington in the 2008 season, by brother Louis Anderson, who signed for the club from New Zealand Warriors.

He was named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[5]

Anderson played Stand-Off for Warrington in the 2009 Challenge Cup Final, scoring a try in the process of defeating Huddersfield 25-16. He also played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over Leeds.[6]

Anderson was again named in the Tonga training squad for 2010.

Possible Rugby Union switch[edit]

Anderson grew up playing rugby union in New Zealand and it was rumoured that both French and Japanese rugby union clubs have been interested in luring the Kiwi international to play. One of Anderson's brothers, Fraser Anderson, currently plays professional rugby union in Japan for the Kobelco Steelers.[7]

Salford[edit]

Anderson joined Salford in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ANDERSON, VINCENT MANASE MOHENOA 2003 - 2004, 2006 - KIWI #702 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ "Salford City Reds Official club website". web page. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Bruce Montgomerie Those Who Played, Montgomerie Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0646434071
  4. ^ Wilson, Andy (8 March 2005). "Lewis denies quit claim over Broncos vote". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Leeds 6-30 Warrington". BBC. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ http://www.sportinglife.com/rugbyleague/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=rleague/09/07/14/RUGBYL_Column.html

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