Vinnie Anderson

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Vinnie Anderson
Vinnie Anderson Warriors.jpg
Personal information
Full name Vincent Manase Mohenoa Anderson[1]
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 37)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Centre, Five-eighth, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–04 New Zealand Warriors 55 13 0 0 52
2005–06 St Helens 42 16 0 0 64
2007–10 Warrington Wolves 88 31 0 0 124
2011–12 Salford City Reds 37 14 0 0 56
2012– AS Carcassonne 38 21 0 0 84
Total 260 95 0 0 380
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–06 New Zealand 6 5 0 0 20
Source: [3]

Vincent Manase Mohenoa "Vinnie" Anderson (born 2 February 1979) is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for AS Carcassonne in the Elite One Championship. A New Zealand international representative loose-forward or stand-off, he previously played for St. Helens, Warrington and Salford in the Super League and the NRL side, the New Zealand Warriors. He is the elder brother of Louis and Fraser Anderson, and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Early years[edit]

Anderson played for Northcote Tigers and Mount Albert Lions in the Auckland Rugby League competition before transferring to East Coast Bays Barracudas to play alongside his father Warrick. His father later coached the Barracudas to the 2003 Fox Memorial title.[4]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

Anderson debuted for New Zealand Warriors in Round 17 of the 2002 National Rugby League, playing against Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on 7 July 2002. That year the Warriors went on to the 2002 NRL Grand Final, which they lost 30-8 to Sydney City Roosters.

In 2003 he played centre as New Zealand Warriors fell one victory short of a consecutive Grand Final appearance.

At the end of 2003 Anderson made his International debut for New Zealand Kiwis in the 100th match between the New Zealand and the Australian team. Playing at centre, Anderson scored two tries as the Kiwis won 30-16.

Anderson also played Stand-Off for the 2004 New Zealand Tri-Nations side. The campaign was unsuccessful although he did manage to score tries in all but one of the 4 test matches against Australia and Great Britain. The tour also saw the start of brother Louis Anderson's Test career.

Before departing at the start of the 2005 NRL season for the European Super League, Anderson had carved a reputation for tough tackling and good ball skills.

St Helens[edit]

Anderson signed St. Helens in 2005 after the Rugby Football League refused to register him as a London Broncos player because of the London sides financial problems at the time.[5]

Anderson fit well into the St Helens flamboyant style of rugby league and formed a deadly right-hand side combination with Jamie Lyon and Darren Albert.

Anderson playing for Warrington

In his 2 years at St. Helens they finished as League Leaders in 2005 and then won both the Challenge Cup and Super League in 2006.


Vinnie joined Warrington in 2007. He was joined at Warrington in the 2008 season by brother Louis Anderson, who signed for the club from New Zealand Warriors.

Anderson played Stand-Off for Warrington in the 2009 Challenge Cup Final, scoring a try in the process of defeating Huddersfield 25-16. He also played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over Leeds.[6]


Anderson joined Salford in 2011.


Anderson joined AS Carcassonne following his release by Salford. He was involved in a controversial incident in 2013 when he received a five-match ban for punching during a Challenge Cup match against Workington Town.[7]


  1. ^ ANDERSON, VINCENT MANASE MOHENOA 2003 - 2004, 2006 - KIWI #702
  2. ^ "Salford City Reds Official club website". web page. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ ItsRugby stats
  4. ^ Bruce Montgomerie Those Who Played, Montgomerie Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0646434071
  5. ^ Wilson, Andy (8 March 2005). "Lewis denies quit claim over Broncos vote". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Leeds 6-30 Warrington". BBC. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ Vinnie Anderson facing eight match ban

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