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Fred Ah Kuoi

Fred Ah Kuoi
Personal information
Born (1956-06-07) 7 June 1956
Apia, Western Samoa
Height 180cm
Weight 82kg
Playing information
Position Centre, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973–80 Richmond 113
1981–83 North Sydney Bears 24 4 0 0 12
1983–87 Hull 28 0 1
1987 Richmond
Total 24 32 0 1 125
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–80 Auckland
1975 New Zealand Māori
1975–85 New Zealand 28 5 0 0 17
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1988–98 Richmond
Source: [1]

Fred "Freddie" Ah Kuoi (born 7 June 1956 in Apia, Western Samoa) is a former New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Playing career 2
  • Representative career 3
  • Later years 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Ah Kuoi was born in apia, Western Samoa in 1956 and immigrated to New Zealand in 1962 [2] with his parents, Fred Snr and Siutu Ah Kuoi, and his two younger brothers, Peter and Afi. Brothers Andrew and Paul and sister Elizabeth were born in Auckland, New Zealand

His brother Paul later played for Marist Richmond, Glenora and represented Samoa.[3]

Playing career

Ah Kuoi began his career in 1973 playing for Richmond in the Auckland Rugby League competition. He was part of the Richmond side that won the championship in 1979.[3]

Ah Kuoi moved to Sydney in 1981 to play professionally for the North Sydney Bears, then to England to join his former teammates, James Leuluai, Gary Kemble and Dane O'Hara, at Hull from 1983-1987.

Ah Kuoi played Stand-off/Five-eighth in Hull's 29-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1984 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1984–85 season at Boothferry Park, Kingston upon Hull on Saturday 27 October 1984, and played Stand-off/Five-eighth in the 24-31 defeat by Castleford in the 1986 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1986–87 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 11 October 1986.

Fred Ah Kuoi played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Hull's 0-12 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1984–85 John Player Special Trophy final during the 1984–85 season at Boothferry Park, Kingston upon Hull on Saturday 26 January 1985.

Debuting at home versus Hull KR on 2/10/1983 he went on to play for Hull 126 times (including 10 as sub), scoring 28 tries and 1 drop goal for 113 points. Ever versatile,in addition to his main half back role he was also able to play in most of the back positions and even as hooker when need be. In his final year with Hull, 1986 he also became assistant coach to Kenny Foulkes, before finishing his career by returning to Richmond for a final year in the 1987 New Zealand season before retiring.[4]

Representative career

Ah Kuoi represented Auckland between 1975 and 1980.

Ah Kuoi made his international debut for New Zealand Māori in 1975, at the age of 18. He toured Australia with the side, participated in the 1975 Pacific Cup and faced Australia, Wales, England and France in New Zealand.[3]

That same year, he made the national Kiwi team, touring England and France during the World Cup series. He was Vice Captain in 1979, 80, 81 and 83 and captained the New Zealand team in 1979, becoming New Zealands youngest ever Captain at just 22, leading the 18-11 3rd test win over Britains Tourists (after they'd lost the first 2 under Graham West) then again in 1984 when he led New Zealand to their first 3-0 win over a Great Britain Touring Team - also meaning that New Zealand had never lost a game when Fred was Captain*. During the 1980 tour of Great Britain and France, Ah Kuoi was man of the match in the 14-14 1st test at Wigan and voted the "Most Valuable Player" of the tour also being given the number 1 ranking in the world in the 5/8th position, by the English press.

  • Hull FC 100 Greats by Raymond Fletcher refers to the 4 identified games as Captain whilst Mally's memories in the Hull Daily Mail recollections of 3/10/09 refers to him having won all five games as Captain without identifying the games - but both agree he won them all.

In 1983 he was a member of the team that beat the Australians for the first time since 1971, at Lang Park in Brisbane, Australia. He represented the New Zealand "Kiwi" rugby league team from 1975-1985, achieving 28 test appearances. [5]

Later years

Ah Kuoi married his wife Margot in Sydney, Australia on 9 June 1982. Their daughter Danielle was born in Sydney on 3 June 1983; their son Joshua, was born on 9 July 1985 in Hull,and their youngest daughter, Madeleine was born in Auckland, NZ on 3 December 1988. .[6]


Ah Kuoi coached the Richmond Bulldogs between 1988–89 and again in 1997 and 1998.[7]

Ah Kuoi currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, USA, where he is a Pastor at Phoenix First Assembly of God.[8]

References

  1. ^ Fred Ah Kuoi
  2. ^ http://fit4theking.org/fred-ah-kuoi.html
  3. ^ a b c Bruce Montgomerie Those Who Played, Montgomerie Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0646434071. p.p.16-17.
  4. ^ Hull FC 100 Greats by Raymond Fletcher, 1992 ISBN 978-0752424293
  5. ^ Rothmans Rugby League year books 1981-82 and 1986-87 and Hull FC 100 greats
  6. ^ Hull Daily Mail, Mally's memories 3/10/09 and HDM 21.10.06 "Look who's back"
  7. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '97, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1997. p.145
  8. ^ Hull Daily Mail, Mally's memories 3/10/09 and HDM 21.10.06 "Look who's back" and http://fit4theking.org/fred-ah-kuoi.html

External links

  • Au Kuoi 'Aiga
  • Stats → Past Players → A at hullfc.com
  • Statistics at hullfc.com
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