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Dean Bell
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Auckland. New Zealand
90 kg
  1. New Zealand
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Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
Junior Club
Manukau Magpies
Signed From
Wigan Warriors
  1. Winger
  2. Centre
  3. Second Row
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Rated the best centre in the world by former NZ coach Graham Lowe in the late 1980s, the Kiwi Test star’s time with Easts was marred by suspension and injury. Bell, who made the first of 26 Test appearances in 1983, first played in England with the Carlisle club in 1982-83. The fiery winger/centre turned out for Leeds in 1983-86 before returning to Easts for the part of the 1988 season.

Bell mellowed and matured as a player, and captained the Kiwis to a Test win over Great Britain that year.

He later led the champion Wigan club during its dominance of English club football in 1991-94.

After a decade with Wigan, Bell returned to NZ in 1995 to become the inaugural captain of the Auckland Warriors before seeing out his career with Leeds in 1996.
  • 1983 - Played for Carlisle, England
  • 1983 - Made his debut for the Kiwis alongside his uncle Ian Bell and cousin Clayton Friend
  • 1984 - Signed and played for Leeds
  • 1985 - Played for Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Australia
  • 1987 - NZRL Player of the Year
  • 1988 - Played for Wigan Warriors, England
  • 1988 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1989 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1990 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1991 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1992 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1992 - Man of Steel
  • 1993 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1993 - Lance Todd Trophy awarded to the Player of the Match for the Grand Final
  • 1994 - Challenge Cup Final Winners with Wigan
  • 1995 - Played for Auckland Warriors as their inaugural Captain
  • 1996 - Played for Leeds, England
  • 2000 - Made a member of the NZRL Immortals
  • 2000 - Inducted into the NZRL Legends of Leagues
  • 2007 - Member of the Wigan Warriors Hall of Fame

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