Sean Long

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Sean Long
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Personal information
Full nameSean Bernard Long [1]
Born (1976-09-24) 24 September 1976 (age 44)
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Playing information
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [2]
Weight13 st 5 lb (85 kg) [3]
Rugby league
Position Scrum-half, Stand-off
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1994–97 Wigan Warriors 1222012
1997 Widnes Vikings 9213135
1997–09 St Helens 343156989232625
2010–11 Hull F.C. 2260024
Total3861661004242696
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1998–2000 England 625018
1999–06 Great Britain 15414145
Rugby union
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2011 Preston Grasshoppers
2017 Orrell R.U.F.C. 00000
Total00000
Source: [4] [5] [6] [7]

Sean Bernard Long (born 24 September 1976), also known by the nickname of "Longy", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. [8] An England [6] and Great Britain [7] international scrum-half, Long is regarded by many as one of the finest British players of his generation. He began his career with the Wigan Warriors, and also played for the Widnes Vikings and Hull FC, but is best known for his time playing for St Helens in the Super League with whom he won a total of four Super League championships and five Challenge Cups, as well as numerous individual accolades including the Man of Steel award, and three Lance Todd Trophies. [4] [5]

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Early life

Between the ages of eleven and thirteen Long attended St Joseph's Catholic Comprehensive School in Horwich but moved to the Deanery High School on Frog Lane in Wigan because the former only played football, not rugby. [9]

Playing career (RL)

1990s

After signing from local amateur side, Wigan St Judes, Long started his career at Wigan. After Wigan released him from his contract, Long moved to Widnes, where he attracted the attention of several of the European Super League's top clubs. He was signed by St Helens in 1997. [10]

In the 1997 post season, Long was selected to play for Great Britain from the interchange bench in two matches of the Super League Test series against Australia.

Long played for St. Helens from the interchange bench, kicking two goals in their 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls.

2000s

Long twice set the St. Helens record for the number of points scored in a Super League season, gaining 284 points in 1999 and 352 points in 2000. [11] Having won the 1999 Championship, St. Helens contested in the 2000 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers the Melbourne Storm, with Long playing at scrum half back and kicking a goal in the loss. Long played for St. Helens at scrum half and kicked four goals in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors, and was named as Man of Steel in 2000. As Super League V champions, St. Helens played against 2000 NRL Premiers Brisbane Broncos in the 2001 World Club Challenge. Long played at scrum half, scoring a try, three goals and a field goal in Saints' victory.

Long played for St. Helens at scrum half, scoring a try, a goal and the match-winning drop goal in their 2002 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. [12] Having won Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters. Long played at stand-off in Saints' 38–0 loss. In 2004, Long served a three-month ban for his part in the 2004 rugby league betting scandal. Despite this, Long was selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played at scrum half in the Lions' 44–4 loss. By 2005, Long had scored 2,000 points for St Helens. During the 2005's Super League X, he sustained a broken cheek bone in a challenge by Wigan Warrior' Terry Newton in an incident that saw Newton receive a 12-match ban, the heaviest for an on-field action in Super League history at the time. [13]

Long played for St Helens at scrum half and scored a try in their 2006 Challenge Cup Final victory over Huddersfield Giants, and won the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match in a Challenge Cup final for a record third time. St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull FC, and Long played at scrum half in Saints' 26–4 victory. Following the season, Long was selected for Great Britain in the Tri nations. Long played in the first game between Great Britain and Australia, which resulted in Great Britain's first victory in Sydney in 18 years, with a score of 23–12. However, on 13 November 2006, Long returned home from the Tri-Nations tour, with 'personal reasons' cited as the reason by Great Britain coach Brian Noble. [14] As 2006 Super League champions, St Helens faced 2006 NRL Premiers Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Long captained Saints from scrum half in their 18–14 victory.

St. Helens in 2007 took all honours apart from the Super League title when they were beaten by Leeds at Old Trafford in the Grand Final. In 2007 Long received a testimonial match for St Helens against Leigh. Former St Helens players returned for the game, including Chris Joynt, Tommy Martyn and Paul Newlove. St Helens won the game 40–10. [15]

Long officially retired from international football on 16 April 2007, wishing to concentrate on his club career.

Long scoring a try against Wigan in 2008 Sean Long try.jpg
Long scoring a try against Wigan in 2008

He played in 2008's Super League XIII Grand Final defeat by Leeds. [16]

Long playing for Hull F.C. in 2010 Sean Long.JPG
Long playing for Hull F.C. in 2010

On 1 June 2009 it was announced that Sean had signed a two-year contract with Hull F.C. for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, leaving St Helens after 12 seasons. [17] Also in 2009 an Autobiography, Longy: Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal was published. [18] Long kicked his 1,000th goal for St. Helens on 22 February 2009 in a game against Huddersfield. [19]

He played in the 2009 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford. [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31]

2010s

Long announced his retirement from playing rugby league on the morning of 10 August 2011.

Playing career (RU)

On 1 November 2011 it was announced he had signed a playing contract with Rugby Union side Preston Grasshoppers in SSE National League 2 North. [32]

In 2017, he joined rugby union side Orrell RUFC.

Coaching career

Salford

Following his retirement as a player, Long began a coaching career, and began an assistant coaching job with Salford. [33]

Samoa

In 2013, Sean Long was appointed assistant coach of Samoa's 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. In 2014 Long reprised his role as Samoa played in the Four Nations. Sean Long was appointed assistant coach for Samoa for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

St Helens

In November 2014, Long left Salford and took up the assistant coach role at St. Helens following former teammate Keiron Cunningham's appointment as head coach from 2015 onwards. [34]

Harlequin FC (RU)

He was assistant coach of Harlequin FC after leaving St Helens.

Leeds Rhinos

On 26 October 2020 Long was confirmed as the Assistant Coach at Leeds Rhinos marking his return to rugby league.

France

On 29 Mar 2021 Long was named as assistant coach for France as they prepare for the forthcoming 2021 Rugby League World Cup, alongside his responsibilities at Leeds Rhinos. [35]

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