Famous Mormons in Rugby

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Fraser Anderson  

Fraser Anderson attended The Church College of New Zealand and was in the A1 Basketball team and was also Student Body Boy President in his 7th form year.

Fraser Anderson made his first grade debut for the Brisbane Broncos   in Round 14 vs South Sydney at Telstra Stadium. He has been a regular in the run-on side for the Cronulla Sharks  in the centres.

After quitting the New Zealand Warriors development squad in 2003 to become a Mormon missionary in the Philippines , the product of Auckland’s East Coast Bays club gained another chance at the big time.

  Shakeh Crowfoot
(BYU)
 

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Larry Gelwix Larry Gelwix, CEO Columbus Travel, and coach of the Highland High Rugby Team.     The Highland High School Club Rugby team of Salt Lake City have won the National Rugby Championships almost every year since its inception.  Highland High dominates High School Rugby in the US.  They are he 2007 National Champions. He even had a movie made about him.

  Brother Gelwix considers athletic ability to be a gift from God, and uses the parable of the talents from the Bible to explain to the players what they should do with their gift. By using the gift wisely, as they did in Africa, he has seen the players regularly multiply their rewards in all facets of their lives. church News    Their team Goal: "To do our best" in rugby, life

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  Jared Going
He has represented the successful New Zealand Sevens since 1999, winning four IRB Sevens titles as well as the World Cup in Argentina in 2001. He  is the son of legendary All Black Sid Going.
 
Sid Going "The greatest match winner Rugby has known, Sid Going, M.B.E. halfback extraordinary. Fellow All Black Grant Batty said of him in 1977. He was and still is the greatest Rugby player in the world. " Super Sid, " The Story Of A Great All Black, was written by Bob Howitt

Sid Going, the great All Black half back was born on August 19 1943 in Kawakawa New Zealand. He was a Maori rugby player, who his fans called Super Sid, and one of three brothers, all of whom were All Blacks.

Sid served a mission in Canada.  Going was honored with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1978 for his contributions to Rugby, and continued to be involved with the game after retiring that same year. He coached Northland secondary school teams from 1988 to 1992, and was selector-coach of the provincial side from 1993 to 1996.

CEO Football, Rugby, and Soccer

Guy Hedderwick He has been the CEO of 3 HUGE sports clubs in South Africa - Border Rugby, a provincial rugby team, Hellenic Football club, a professional soccer team, and Black Leopards, another professional soccer team – the 3rd biggest in the country. He then came here to New Zealand and became CEO of New Zealand’s only professional soccer team, the New Zealand Knights Football Club.  Guy encourages athletes to pursue education,
whether in traditional settings or online colleges.

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Ben Hannant Hannant came back to the Broncos in 2006 on the promise of a chance and took it when it was given to him. The devout Mormon earned his spot with powerhouse bursts from the bench, and finished the season with a premiership ring. Further entrenching himself in the top 17 and perhaps even getting a starter's jersey are Ben's goals for this season. If willingness to work is any indication - Hannant completes a 3am shift at Rocklea Markets every day before training - he will succeed.  www.broncos.com.au  

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Will Hopoate William "Will" Hopoate also known as Viliami in Tonga (born 9 May 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles of the NRL. A New South Wales State of Origin three-quarter back, he has also represented NSW City. He is the son of former Australian international, John Hopoateen.wikipedia.org

Turning down million-dollar contract offers for two years of nonprofit service might seem silly to some. But that’s just what 19-year-old Australian rugby star Will Hopoate did in May when he chose to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) instead of accepting a lucrative offer to keep playing rugby.

newsroom.lds.org

Former NRL star Will Hopoate's Mormon mission the latest step in the life of a fine young man

 

www.nzherald.co.nz

 

Krisnan Inu ONE of the game's brightest young stars, Krisnan Inu, has aborted plans for a two-year overseas religious mission and will continue his career in the National Rugby League.

The young winger, a devout Mormon, believes he can accomplish more for the church as a role model for younger followers if he remains in the game.

His decision followed a lengthy talk with his parents, who agreed the Parramatta star was more valuable to the church in the limelight than doing missionary work.

 
Kimball Kjar
(BYU)
Served a church mission in Brisbane, Australia - Mandarin Chinese speaking, 1997-99.    He played his first cap with the U.S. Eagles against Argentina in the PARA Championship Series in Toronto. Kimball is only the second Eagle from BYU, the first being the BYU assistant coach Mark Ormsby. Interview: Kimball Kjar

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Kylie Leuluai

In just two seasons at the club New Zealand born prop Kylie Leuluai has won two Grand Finals and one World Club Challenge medal. Throughout his time at the club Kylie has performed consistently and is often an unsung hero of the side. Kylie is a tough, no nonsense front rower who made his Rhinos debut on the opening day of the 2007 season against Salford City Reds and went onto make 11 more starts and 19 substitute appearances. As a big hitter Leuluai provided the Rhinos with power and was at his best for the team in the Grand Final Play Off game against St Helens where he had a barnstorming performance. He notched up one try in the season, which came against Salford at Headingley Carnegie.

 He is a former team mate of current Rhino Scott Donald, whom he played with at Manly. He was also played in the same New Zealand U19 side as his new team mate - Ali Lauitiiti and he played in the New Zealand Maoris side with former Rhino Clinton Toopi in the 2000 World Cup.

 In 2003 he signed for Parramatta and after a fantastic campaign that season he was named Premier League player of the year. After one season with the Eels he signed for Manly Sea Eagles where he became a first team regular. In his debut campaign he made 22 appearances and scored 3 tries.

Over the next two years he made a further 35 appearances and in his final season at the club he helped the side to an NRL Play Off position. In 2006 he played for Samoa in the qualifier against Fiji and helped their cause by scoring a try in the 30-28 win over in Sydney and in 2008 he helped Samoa to victory over Tonga in the World Cup in Australia before suffering defeat against Ireland.Kylie is a devout Christian and attends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his favorite film is one produced by the church called Together Forever. If he could be another person for a day he would be Jesus Christ. en.wikipedia.org

 

 
Todd Miller
fullback
He played four games for New Zealand in 1997. That year he scored 13 tries in 16 games - including three tries in his second game for the All Blacks. A nephew of rugby greats Ken, Sid and Brian Going, his younger brother Brad Miller currently plays for North Harbour. Todd Miller has twice played in successful Waikato Ranfurly Shield challenging teams - in 1993 and 1997.

Served full-time in the New Zealand Wellington Mission.

Todd Miller is a talented attacking fullback but his progress has been hindered by his Mormon beliefs which prevent him playing on Sundays”
Source: Scrum.com

 

 

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Ma'a Nonu He plays in the Centre position, but can also cover second five-eighth and wing. Of Samoan descent, Nonu is known for his blonde-streaked dreadlocks and former penchant for wearing eyeliner on the field.

The explosive, some would say flamboyant, Ma’a Nonu has built a reputation as one of the toughest marks in world rugby, able to break the line, off-load the ball and set up or score scintillating tries. Though he played mostly in the No 13 jersey for the Hurricanes during the Rebel Sport Super 14 in 2006, Nonu is equally comfortable at second five-eighth, where his distribution and kicking skills continue to improve. stats.allblacks.com

 
Bo Paraha
 
Ex Sydney University backrower who has good skills and does a lot of work that goes unnoticed. Predominantly a number 8, Bo's versatility has seen him play all back row positions for the Breakers.  
  Rebecca Pendlebury
(University of British Columbia)
   
  Sam Perrett NRL star  

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Lagi Setu

Lagi played his junior football in Ipswich, Queensland, playing rugby union, before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons. He played for the Dragons' Premier League reserve-grade team in 2006. In Round 2 of the 2007 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Newcastle Knights. In 2008, Setu played 2 games for the Dragons' Toyota Cup team, scoring 1 try. He then signed a contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting in 2009.  In 2010, Setu announced he would be leaving the Broncos to serve a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Birmingham, England starting in 2011. After returning from his missionhe signed with the with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2013.

Lagi says his two years as a Mormon missionary without playing Rugby actually made him a better footballer. He served in the England , Birmingham Misson.

 Lagi told news.com.au He wants to ditch the tag as "that Mormon guy" and be known as a consistent footballer. "Everyone does just think of me as that Mormon guy and that's fine, I get it, but I would like be thought of as someone who is playing good footy,"

Melbourne Storm recruit Lagi Setu wants to ditch tag as 'that Mormon guy'

 

Keeping the faith: UK lessons in life steel Setu for sporting comeback
 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagi_Setu


 
Alatini Saulala
center
US National Rugby Team
Served in the  bishopric of the Tongan Ward, Seaside California Stake. Rugby World Cup, 1999, Team USA, player biographies, Sports Illustrated

www.americanrugbynews.com

 

Salesi Sika

Pro in France

 

He played on the BYU rugby team, he was NCAA player of the year, is on the US national team, was an all American, and now plays pro in France. Engineered to Excel
Sefa Vaka  

 Sefa served his mission  in Tonga then went to Japan to play rugby he  plays for the Ikale Tahi rugby team.  He returned  to Tonga to represent his country in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.    He is active in the church.

 

 

 

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