|Full name||Adrian Antonio Gardner|
24 June 1983 |
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||14 st 11 lb (94 kg) |
|Source: Rugby League Project|
Adrian Antonio Gardner (born 24 June 1983) is a retired English professional rugby league footballer, who played almost his entire career with St. Helens of Super League. A Great Britain representative winger, he began his career at his home town club Barrow and after 11 years at Saints, ended his playing days with a season loan move to Hull Kingston Rovers. He is the elder brother of Ex-Salford winger, Mat Gardner. He is of Brazilian descent.
Gardner went to St Columba's Roman Catholic School and St. Bernard's Catholic High School at primary and secondary level respectively. He started 6th form but decided to concentrate on his love affair with the gym.
Gardner made his Super League debut in a match against London Broncos on 28 March 2002, which St Helens lost. Having won Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. Gardner played at on the wing in Saints' 38-0 loss. He established himself as a first team regular in 2003 and has now appeared 281 times for St Helens, scoring 167 tries. Gardner played for St Helens on the wing in their 2006 Challenge Cup Final victory against Huddersfield. Gardner also finished the 2006 season as St. Helens leading try scorer with 29 tries in all competitions.
Gardner was named in the Great Britain training squad throughout 2006. He scored on his international debut in XXXX Test Match against New Zealand on 27 June 2006.
St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull and Gardner played on the wing and scored a try in Saints' 26-4 victory. He was a surprise omission from the Great Britain squad for the 2006 Tri-nations. As 2006 Super League champions, St Helens faced 2006 NRL Premiers the Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Gardner played on the wing and scored two tries in Saints' 18-14 victory.
Gardner was selected in June 2007 in a young Great Britain team named by new coach Tony Smith for their match against France at Headingley. On 25 August, he scored two tries for St Helens at Wembley Stadium to help Saints win their 11th Challenge Cup.
Gardner was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia. Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played on the wing and scored two tries in England's victory.
In the 2014 season, Ade Gardner played on loan at Hull KR, scoring 8 tries in 18 appearances. On 17 May at the Etihad Stadium during the 2014 Magic Weekend, he scored 2 tries in Hull KR's 38-24 victory against Hull. 8 days later at the KC Stadium, he scored another 2 tries in Hull KR's 48-16 victory over the London Broncos.
In November 2014, after returning to St Helens, Ade Gardner announced his retirement from the sport after 15 years as a professional. It had been Gardner's intention to play on till 2015, but accepted an offer to join Saints' backroom staff instead, as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
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