|Full name||Sean Edward Hoppe|
19 January 1971 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
Hoppe then joined the Northcote Tigers and played for them in the Auckland Rugby League competition. In 1989 he was part of the Tigers Fox Memorial and Lion Red National Knockout title winning side. He was a part of several other Northcote winning teams during these years and scored two tries in the 1991 Lion Red League final. In 1992 he played for Auckland in a preseason match against the Canberra Raiders. Auckland lost 14–32, but the Raiders, who had been looking for a quality winger since the retirement of John Ferguson, saw enough of Hoppe to offer him a contract and he moved to Canberra before the end of the year.
Hoppe played 17 games in his first season and won the Raiders' 1992 Rookie of the year award. Hoppe was the New Zealand Player of the Year in 1993. However at the end of the 1993 season it was announced that Hoppe had signed for the new Auckland Warriors side who were to enter the competition in 1995. Canberra were unwilling to sign Hoppe for just one more year and so he joined the North Sydney Bears for the 1994 season and thus missed the Raiders 1994 Grand Final win over Canterbury-Bankstown (North Sydney lost the GF qualifier to the Raiders). He was part of the Warriors inaugural side in 1995 and became a regular first team player. He was voted the competition's best winger in 1995 and his 19 tries in the 1995 season remained a club record until 2003 (when it was surpassed by Francis Meli). He is currently fourth on the club's all-time try scoring list with 44.
Signed for a five-year contract, he was released by the Warriors near the end of the 1999 season so he could join St. Helens in the English Super League competition. Hoppe joined St Helens on a short term deal but then signed a two-year deal with the club. Hoppe played for St. Helens from the interchange bench in their 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls.
Having won the 1999 Championship, St. Helens contested in the 2000 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers the Melbourne Storm, with Hoppe playing at centre and scoring a try in the loss. He played for St Helens at centre, scoring a try in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors. As Super League V champions, St. Helens played against 2000 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos in the 2001 World Club Challenge. Hoppe played on the wing in Saints' victory. His contract was later extended for another year and he retired at the end of the 2002 season. Hoppe played for St. Helens from the interchange bench in their 2002 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. His last two matches in 2002 were a Test match against France for the New Zealand Kiwis followed up by playing against the Kiwis for his club side, St Helens. Hoppe captained St Helens in his final match.
Hoppe played in 35 test matches for New Zealand between 1992 and 2002, including the 1995 World Cup. His test career originally ended in 1999 however in 2002 he was called up into the squad touring Europe as an injury replacement and played in the final test against Great Britain and the one off test against France. In these matches he played for the Kiwis in the Centres, rather than his usual Wing position.
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- Hoppe expected to head to England AAP Sports News, 11 August 1999
- How Hoppe fell off the pace Sunday Star-Times, 8 August 1999
- Dave Hadfield St Helens invest in Hoppe's experience The Independent, 3 December 1999
- Hoppe signs new Saints deal BBC Sport, 6 November 2001
- Hoppe's last stand; Sean's set to skipper St Helens. Daily Post, 25 October 2002
- Murray Wenzel Sean Hoppe the face of BRL News Mail, 6 March 2009
- Doug Gillett 47th Battalion team to prosper News Mail, 3 March 2010
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908–2008. Huia Publishers. p. 216. ISBN 9781869693312.