Dean Bell

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Dean Cameron Bell
Born
Sunday, 29th April, 1962
Current Age
61 years and 308 days
Place Of Birth
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Awards & Accolades

Man Of Steel Award
1992
Lance Todd Trophy
1993

Known Family Links

Cousin
Clayton Friend
Uncle
Ian Bell
Father
Cameron Bell

Biography

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. Bell is on the Wigan RL Club executive and is in charge of youth development at the club.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
English Championship 188 66 -   - 253 137 47 4 72.87% List
Lancashire Cup 24 13 -   - 52 20 3 1 83.33% List
Tour Matches Cumbria 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Regal Trophy 30 11 -   - 44 26 3 1 86.67% List
Test Series 20 6 -   - 24 11 8 1 55.00% List
Tour Matches New Zealand 19 8 -   - 32 13 5 1 68.42% List
Challenge Cup 34 10 -   - 40 31 2 1 91.18% List
NRL 60 11 -   - 44 28 28 4 46.67% List
World Cup 8 1 -   - 4 5 2 1 62.50% List
National Panasonic Cup 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Tour Matches Wigan Warriors 3 1 -   - 4 1 2 0 33.33% List
Premiership Trophy 12 7 -   - 28 9 3 0 75.00% List
Charity Shield - UK 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List
World Club Challenge 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Super League 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1983-89 26 11 -   - 44 16 9 1 61.54% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Rest Of The World 1988 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1983-1989 8 1 -   - 4 5 2 1 62.50% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Oceania 1984 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List

England - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cumbria 1982 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1985 17 5 -   - 20 7 7 3 41.18% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1986 14 2 -   - 8 6 8 0 42.86% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1988 10 1 -   - 4 4 5 1 40.00% List
Auckland ARL 1995 19 3 -   - 12 11 8 0 57.89% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1985-86, 1988 41 8 -   - 32 17 20 4 41.46% List
Warriors 1995 19 3 -   - 12 11 8 0 57.89% List
Overall1985-1995 60 11 0   0 44 28 28 4 46.67% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Carlisle 1982/83 23 11 -   - 33 4 18 1 17.39% List
Leeds 1983/84 22 4 -   - 16 13 6 3 59.09% List
Wigan 1986/87 41 21 -   - 84 38 3 0 92.68% List
Wigan 1987/88 19 8 -   - 32 16 3 0 84.21% List
Wigan 1988/89 32 15 -   - 60 26 6 0 81.25% List
Wigan 1989/90 31 11 -   - 44 24 6 1 77.42% List
Wigan 1990/91 36 11 -   - 44 28 6 2 77.78% List
Wigan 1991/92 32 11 -   - 44 28 4 0 87.50% List
Wigan 1992/93 37 15 -   - 60 34 3 0 91.89% List
Wigan 1992/93 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Wigan 1993/94 15 - -   - - 12 3 0 80.00% List
Leeds 1996 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Carlisle 1982 23 11 -   - 33 4 18 1 17.39% List
Leeds 1983, 1996 23 5 -   - 20 14 6 3 60.87% List
Wigan 1986-93 244 92 -   - 368 206 35 3 84.43% List
Overall1982-1996 290 108 0   0 421 224 59 7 77.24% List

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, AJ Lucantonio, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, Alan Katzmann, Paul Carter, Greg Fiveash, Bill Bates, Tim Costello

Sources: ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1996, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1988-89, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997, Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1994-95, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1993-94, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-92, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1988-89, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1983-84, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1987-88, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1984-85