Dean Lonergan

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Dean Lonergan
Personal information
Full name Dean Robert Lonergan
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
City-Newton Dragons
19??–89 Glenora Bears
1988 Canberra Raiders 4 0 0 0 0
1989 Rochdale Hornets
Total 4 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–91 Auckland
1986–91 New Zealand 15 4 0 0 16
Source: [1]

Dean Robert Lonergan MNZM is a former rugby league player,[1] and current events promoter.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Lonergan represented the New Zealand Kiwis from 1986 to 1991 and also represented Auckland. He played for the Glenora Bears and City Newton Dragons in the Auckland Rugby League competition and the Canberra Raiders in the NSWRL Premiership.[3] He spent 1989 with the Rochdale Hornets in England.[4]

In a Test match against Australia in Melbourne in 1991, Lonergan clashed famously with Kangaroo forward Steve Roach and had to be carried from the field.[5] However he returned to the field and New Zealand won the match.


Lonergan was a board member of the Auckland Warriors from 1996 until 1997.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lonergan was educated at Massey High School and currently is part of the breakfast show on LiveSPORT radio. He is also a columnist for The New Zealand Herald.[6] He is the owner of Dean Lonergan Events Ltd and the promoter of the Fight for Life charity boxing events.[7] Following the resignation of Robert Muldoon, Lonergan stood in the 1992 Tamaki by-election for a seat in the 43rd New Zealand Parliament, as a stunt for Radio Hauraki.[8] Of 14 candidates, he came sixth with 0.60% of the votes.[9]


In the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours, Lonergan was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport and philanthropy.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kiwis Players – Dean Robert Lonergan". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Profile at Archived 31 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Division 2, 1 December 1991
  5. ^ Deane, Steve (23 October 2009). "Top 10 moments in Kiwi league". The New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings NZ Limited. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Lonergan, Dean (24 November 2008). "Kiwis' success should Sparc rethink from bureaucrats". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Lonergan's the Main Man New Truth & TV Extra, 28 May 2004
  8. ^ Masters, Catherine (2 June 2006). "Hard man's new game plan". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Voting Statistics for the Electoral Referendum Held on 19 September 1992, The Tamaki By-Election Held on 15 February 1992". Electoral Commission. 
  10. ^ "Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee honours list 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 

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