Shontayne Hape

Shontayne Hape
Full name Shontayne Edward Hape[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-30) 30 January 1981
Place of birth Auckland , New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb) [2]
School Massey High School
Rugby league career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bradford Bulls
New Zealand Warriors
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–07 New Zealand 14 (24)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
London Irish
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–11 England 13 (10)

Shontayne Edward Hape ([ˈhɑrːpeɪ]; born 30 January 1981) is a New Zealand-born former professional rugby footballer, a dual-code rugby international. He played rugby union at centre for Montpellier, London Irish, Bath and England. He played rugby league for the Bradford Bulls in Super League and New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League. Hape represented New Zealand at international level rugby league by being selected for both the junior and senior squads, including the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations New Zealand squad. His usual position is centre. He was forced to retire in 2013 after suffering several serious concussions, which left him with decreased brain function.[3]

Early life

A Massey High School student, Hape started his rugby education as a Te Atatu Roosters junior. He played for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 1998.[4] Hape played for the Glenora Bears in the 2001 Bartercard Cup.

Rugby league career

New Zealand Warriors

Hape signed for the Auckland Warriors in 1999. In the same year, he played for the Junior Kiwis and New Zealand Māori.[5] In 2000 Hape made his first grade debut for the Warriors and earned the great honour of Rookie of the Year award.

In 2001, the Warriors reached the play-offs and Hape played in the series. In round two of the 2002 season Hape injured his anterior cruciate ligament, which ruled him out for the year and he missed the Grand Final.

Bradford Bulls

Fellow New Zealander Robbie Paul pointed out Hape to Bradford Bulls, who signed him in 2003. Helped to settle into English life by Paul and his wife, Hape missed only one of the Bulls' 35 games in the 2003 season, scoring 15 tries.

Hape played for the Bradford Bulls at centre and scored a try in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. Having won Super League VIII, Bradford played against 2003 NRL Premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Hape played at centre in the Bulls' 22-4 victory.

Hape played for the Bradford Bulls at centre and scored a try in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos. A knee injury sustained while playing for New Zealand in the 2004 Tri Nations kept Hape out until round 22 in 2005. His return coincided with the Bulls charge towards the Grand Final and the Super League Championship. His partnership with Lesley Vainikolo is seen as one of the best in the game and has yielded many tries for the Bulls. Hape played for the Bradford Bulls at centre in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against Leeds Rhinos

Hape played for New Zealand in their 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations final victory over Australia. As Super League champions Bradford faced National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Hape played at centre in the Bulls' 30-10 victory. In March 2007, Hape was ruled out for most of the season because of a cruciate ligament injury. In August 2007, he was named in Bradford's team of the century. In September 2007, Hape returned for the round 27 Match v Hull F.C. His last game was against Hull KR on 29 June 2008.

Representative career

In 2004, Hape was chosen to represent New Zealand in the Gillette Tri-Nations, replacing his partner on the wing at the Bulls Vainikolo who was out with a knee injury. Hape played two Tri-Nations games and against France and also represented the Kiwis in the clash with Cumbria.

Hape also appeared for New Zealand in the Tri-Nations series in 2005, where he played a starring role helping New Zealand defeat the Aussies to win the final. In 2006, Hape played in the match against Great Britain in the one off Test match at St Helens.

Rugby union career

Bath Rugby

Hape qualified for the England team on residency grounds, having spent the last six years in England. After Bulls and New Zealand colleague Vainikolo made a successful switch to rugby union with Gloucester, Hape was initially linked with Guinness Premiership-bound Northampton Saints.[6][7]

In late May 2008, it was announced that he would be joining Bath Rugby on a three-year deal.[8]

London Irish

Coming to the end of his deal at Bath, the club and player were unable to come to an agreement over a new package. As a result, in February 2011 Hape agreed to join London Irish for the 2011-2012 season, replacing the departing Samoan centre Seilala Mapusua.[9] After representing England in the World Cup in his native New Zealand, on his return he was cited for four weeks for a high tackle, followed by an injury plagued domestic season.

Montpellier Hérault Rugby

In April 2012, Hape terminated his contract with London Irish and signed with Montpellier Hérault Rugby in April 2012, and due to concussion did not play for London Irish again.[10]

Representative career

On 13 January 2010, Hape was named in the English 32-man squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[11]

On 30 May 2010, he played for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham.[12] where he scored a try. He made his full Test debut for England two weeks later on 12 June in Perth against Australia and appeared again a week later in Sydney in the 2nd Test of that English tour.

Hape was again selected for the 2011 England six nations squad and started in all five matches seemingly sealing his place as a dependable center for England. Although there was fear that his pairing with Mike Tindall lacked the attacking power that other centers possessed however they made up for it with excellent defense leading to the England winning the tournament although narrowly missing out on the grand slam due to a flattening by Ireland.

Hape was later selected to play in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, although there was doubt on the role he would play in the tournament due to the strong pairing of Mike Tindall and Manu Tulagi he did play in the 41-10 win over Georgia on 18 September scoring 2 tries in the first half.

Personal life

Hape is married to Liana, a dancer who has performed with Shaggy, Pink and Natalie Imbruglia. The couple have two sons and one daughter.[13]

His pastime is DJing, which is influenced by rap artists such as Jay-Z and Kanye West. He undertakes under the stage name DJ Shape. Hape performed in Bath in 2009 to assist those affected by the 2009 tsunami that hit Samoa.[13]


Club career

Year Club Apps Pts T G FG
2000 New Zealand Warriors 13 12 3 -
2001 New Zealand Warriors 14 16 4 -
2002 New Zealand Warriors 1 --
2003 Bradford Bulls 29 48 12 -
2004 Bradford Bulls 26 96 24 -
2005 Bradford Bulls 12 48 12-
2006 Bradford Bulls 31 84 21 -
2007 Bradford Bulls 9 20 5 – - -
2008 Bradford Bulls 13 16 4 -
2008–09Bath Rugby 17 10 2 -
2009–10Bath Rugby 16 15 3 -
2011–London Irish 47 8100-

Representative career

Year Team Matches Tries Goals Field Goals Points
2004 New Zealand New Zealand 4 3 0 0 12
2005 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 0 0
2006 New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 0 0 4
2007 New Zealand New Zealand 3 2 0 0 8
2008 New Zealand New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
2010 England England 3 0 0 0 0
2011 England England 1 2 0 0 0


  1. HAPE, SHONTAYNE EDWARD 2004 – 2007 – KIWI #711
  2. "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. "Shontayne Hape confirms retirement from rugby and calls for action on concussion". Sky Sports. 1 June 2014.
  4. New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.181
  5. Richard Becht Backs To The Future Scoop Sport, 16 March 2000
  6. "Hape considers union". Sportinglife. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  7. "Union rumours won't distract Hape". Telegraph & Agrgus. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  8. "Bath set to sign Bulls star Hape". BBC. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  9. "Exiles capture Bath centre Hape". BBC News. 22 February 2011.
  11. "Former Kiwi to play rugby for England". The New Zealand Herald. AFP. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  12. England debut excites Bath's Shontayne Hape BBC Sport Web Site , 27 May 2010
  13. 1 2 "Robbie Paul backs Shontayne Hape to be hit with England". BBC Sport. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.

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