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I was Kiwi #597 – Dean Lonergan

I was Kiwi #597 – Dean Lonergan

One of the few New Zealand league players who is better-known in retirement than he was as a player.

These days he’s the driving force behind Duco Events, the NRL Auckland Nines and Joseph Parker, but in the 1980s and ’90s Lonergan was a terrorising figure for opposing forwards in the Auckland competition, where he played with Glenora and City-Newton.

He was part of the famous 1991 Kiwis side who beat the formidable Kangaroos 24-8 in the first Test, not that he probably remembers much from it after colliding with Steve Roach in a sickening collision which left Lonergan convulsing on the turf.

Earlier in 1987 Lonergan had also tasted success against the Kangaroos, coming off the bench in a grinding 13-6 win at Lang Park.

He finished his career with 11 Tests to his name, and appeared four times for the Canberra Raiders in the NSWRL competition, in addition to time spent with Rochdale in the UK.

Tests: 11

Professional clubs: Canberra Raiders, Rochdale Hornets

Local clubs: Glenora Bears, City-Newton Dragons

(Main photo: Lonergan playing against France in 1991. Credit: photosport.nz).