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Name  Fred Kuoi
Height  1.80 m
Weight  82 kg

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

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Early years

Ah Kuoi was born in apia, Western Samoa in 1956 and immigrated to New Zealand in 1962 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. Both his brothers Peter and Andrew represented New Zealand Universities in rugby league with Peter being selected into the 1976 team, while Andrew toured England and France in 1984 with the New Zealand Universities team. Fred Ah Kuoi also played for Auckland University in several university winter tournaments, but was never chosen by the national selectors.

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.

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 F.C. from 1983-1987.

Ah Kuoi played stand-off/five-eighth in Hull's 24-28 defeat by Wigan in the 1985 Challenge Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 4 May 1985, in front of a crowd of 99,801, in what is regarded as the most marvellous cup final in living memory, which Hull narrowly lost after fighting back from 12-28 down at half-time.

Ah Kuoi played stand-off/five-eighth in Hull's 29-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1984 Yorkshire County 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 County Cup Final during the 1986–87 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 11 October 1986.

Fred Ah Kuoi played right-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 last year with Hull, 1986 he also became assistant coach to Kenny Foulkes, before finishing his career by returning to Richmond before retiring at the end of the 1987 New Zealand season.

Representative career

Ah Kuoi represented Auckland between 1975 and 1980.

Ah Kuoi made his international début 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.

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 world No. 1 ranking 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.

    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. .

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

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

    References

    Fred Ah Kuoi Wikipedia