Kurt Sorensen

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Kurt Sorensen
Personal information
Full name Kurt John Sorensen
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Mt Wellington
1976 Wigan 16 8 0 0 24
1979–83 Cronulla-Sutherland 124 31 0 0 98
1984 Eastern Suburbs 7 2 0 0 8
1985 Cronulla-Sutherland 8 2 0 0 8
1985–93 Widnes 252 40 0 0 160
1986 Northcote Tigers
Total 407 83 0 0 298
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–89 New Zealand 28 4 0 0 16
Source: RLP

Kurt John Sorensen[1] is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He is the brother of fellow Kiwi international, Dane Sorensen, and the nephew of another pair of Kiwi brothers, Bill and Dave Sorensen.[2] He is of Tongan and Danish descent.[3]

Playing career[edit]

While playing in the Auckland Rugby League competition, Sorensen made his début for the New Zealand national rugby league team in the 1975 World Cup. The following year, while playing for Mt Wellington, he won the Auckland Rugby League's Rothville Trophy, which is awarded to the Premier One player of the year as chosen by the Auckland Coach. Sorensen then moved to England to play for Wigan for the 1976-77 season. He later played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, finishing the 1982 season as the club's top try scorer.

While at Widnes Sorensen played in 252 games and captained the side that won the Championship, the Premiership and the 1989 World Club Challenge. He also played in the Widnes side that lost the Challenge Cup. In 1986, after returning from the English season, Sorensen made some cameo appearances for the Northcote Tigers in the Auckland Rugby League competition.[4] During the 1989–90 season, Sorensen captained defending champions Widnes at second-row forward in their 1989 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Canberra Raiders. Kurt Sorensen played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Widnes' 24-18 victory over Salford in the 1990 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1990–91 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 29 September 1990.

Kurt Sorensen played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Widnes' 6-12 defeat by Wigan in the 1988–89 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1988–89 season at Burnden Park, Bolton on Saturday 7 January 1989,[5] and played Left-Prop, and scored a try in the 24-0 victory over Leeds in the 1991–92 Regal Trophy Final during the 1991–92 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 11 January 1992.

After leaving Widnes, Sorensen was the player-coach at Whitehaven before controversially joining rivals Workington Town in 1995. He resigned a year later before resuming his playing career with Chorley in England, and Cudgen on the Gold Coast.[2]


In 2000 Sorensen was inducted as one of the NZRL's Legends of League.[6]


  1. ^ SORENSEN, Kurt John 1975, 1977, 1983 - 1986, 1988 - 1989 - Kiwi #524 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ a b Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  3. ^ "'Polys' playing starring role in NRL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ 1986 Lion Red Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1986. p.101
  5. ^ "7th January 1989: Wigan 12 Widnes 6 (John Player Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand Rugby League Annual Report 2008" (pdf). NZRL. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21. [dead link]

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