Tony Kemp

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Tony Kemp
Personal information
Full name Anthony Edward Ellis Kemp[1]
Born (1968-01-18) 18 January 1968 (age 49)
Playing information
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Position Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–85 Waitara (TRL)
1986–87 Randwick (WRL)
1986–87 Doncaster 30 26 0 1 105
1988–93 Newcastle Knights 87 20 1 0 81
1994–95 Castleford Tigers 63 27 4 3 119
1995 South Qld Crushers 8 2 15 0 38
1995–98 Leeds Rhinos 47 10 0 2 42
1999–00 Wakefield Trinity 22 2 0 1 9
Total 257 87 20 7 394
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–85 Taranaki
1986–87 Wellington 12 8 2 0 36
1989–95 New Zealand 25 6 0 0 36
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2000 Wakefield Trinity
2004–05 NZ Warriors 37 13 0 24 35
Total 37 13 0 24 35
Source: RLP

Tony Kemp (born 18 January 1968) is a New Zealand former rugby league test representative and former coach of the New Zealand Warriors. He currently is a commentator for Māori Television's coverage of the Auckland Rugby League competition and also serves as the Football Manager for the New Zealand Rugby League.


Kemp was born in Whangarei but raised in Waitara, and attended Waitara High School. He played rugby league for the Randwick Kingfishers in the Wellington Rugby League competition and in 1987 made the Junior Kiwis.

Playing career[edit]


In 1986/87 he joined the Doncaster for a season before taking up a professional career full-time when he joined the Newcastle Knights in 1988. During the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour Newcastle hosted a match against the visiting British national team with Kemp playing at centre and scoring a try in the Knights' 12 – 28 loss. Kemp first made the New Zealand Kiwis in 1989. He later played for the Castleford Tigers, South Queensland Crushers, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (captain) (Heritage № 1145). Kemp was selected to play for New Zealand at centre in all three Test matches of the 1989 Kangaroo tour of New Zealand.


During the 1990 Great Britain Lions tour Kemp was selected to play for New Zealand in all three Test matches against the visiting British national team. Kemp was selected to play for New Zealand in the 1991 Trans-Tasman Test series making one appearance at stand-off half in the first match. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia Kemp was selected to play for the Kiwis at centre in both Test matches against the touring British national team, scoring a try in the first game victory. He was selected to play in all three games of the 1993 Trans-Tasman Test series. Kemp was selected to go on the 1993 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France, playing in two Test matches. During the 1993–94 season Kemp played at stand-off half and scored a drop goal in Castleford's 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.[2] During the 1994 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, Castleford hosted a match against the Australian side with Kemp at stand-off half in the Tigers' 12 – 38 loss. During the 1995 ARL season Kemp played for the South Queensland Crushers.

Kemp joined Leeds in 1995, appearing 47 times in four seasons at the club.[3] Kemp was selected to play for New Zealand at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He retired having played twenty-five games for New Zealand. While at Leeds in 1998 he coached the Alliance team to a championship win. In 2000 Kemp, along with all of the other players aged over 24, had his contract with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats terminated due to the club's financial crisis.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After two years of playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Kemp retired to take over from Andy Kelly as head coach. He helped save the club from relegation before leaving to return home to New Zealand. In 2001 Kemp became the assistant coach behind Daniel Anderson at the New Zealand Warriors. He openly said that he wanted to be the next head coach after Anderson. Kemp got his wish, taking over from Anderson when he was sacked halfway through the 2004 NRL season. Kemp was in charge for a season and a half before being sacked himself. In 2008 he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[5]

In 2010 Kemp was appointed team manager of the New Zealand Kiwis.[6] In 2012 he was named in the Wellington Rugby League's Team of the Century.


  1. ^ KEMP, ANTHONY EDWARD ELLIS 1989 - 93, 1995 - KIWI #607
  2. ^ "Wigan 2 - 33 Castleford". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tony Kemp". Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Goodway calls for aid package". BBC. 24 April 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "League: Kemp takes Kiwi role". The New Zealand Herald. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

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Preceded by
Daniel Anderson
New Zealand Warriors

Succeeded by
Ivan Cleary