Shontayne Hape : biography
Shontayne Hape ( born 30 January 1981) is a New Zealand-born rugby footballer, a dual-code rugby international. He plays rugby union at centre for Montpellier Hérault Rugby and England. He has also previously played rugby league for the Bradford Bulls in Super League and New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League. Hape has also 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.
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.New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.181 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.Richard Becht Scoop Sport, 16 March 2000 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.
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. A knee injury sustained while playing for New Zealand in the 2004 Tri Nations kept him 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 New Zealand national team in their 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations final victory over Australia.
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 the 29 June 2008.
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.
Hape is married to Liana, a dancer who has performed with Shaggy, Pink and Natalie Imbruglia. The couple have two sons and one daughter.
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.
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Rugby Union career
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.
In late May 2008, it was announced that he would be joining Bath Rugby on a three-year deal.
Coming to the end of his deal at Bath, the club ad 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.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/london_irish/9404430.stm After representing England in the World Cup in his native New Zealand, on his returned he was cited for four weeks for a high tackle, followed by an injury plagued domestic season.
Montpellier Hérault Rugby
In April 2012, it was announced that with a number of other senior player, Hape was advised that he could find another club. He was signed by Montpellier Hérault Rugby in April 2012, and due to injury did not play for London Irish again.http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/17784262
On 13 January 2010, Hape was named in the English 32-man squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.
On 30 May 2010, he played for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham. BBC Sport Web Site , 27 May 2010 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 the 18th September scoring 2 tries in the first half.
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