Auckland backrower represented Tonga in 1995’s World Cup competition before being graded with the Warriors.
- Awen Guttenbeil
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Whangarei, New Zealand
- 101 kg
- New Zealand
- Current Status:
- Working in media
- Warriors #:
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- 14th April 1996 vs Illawarra Steelers
- Junior Club:
- Pt Chevalier Pirates
- Signed From:
- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
- Second Row
- Wikipedia Page:
Guttenbeil was chased by several professional clubs after an Auckland Development Tour of Australia in 1993 and ended up moving to Sydney at the age of 17 to sign for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles under the then Australian coach, Bob Fulton. Guttenbeil was set to star for Manly but his decision to sign with the yet to be formed Super League competition saw him out of favour with the club and so he returned to New Zealand to play for the Auckland Warriors in 1996.
Guttenbeil’s early career was affected by injury and it wasn’t until 2001 – the year that the club made an historic quarter-final appearance – that he was able to produce an injury-free season. A second row forward in the Warriors’ losing grand final team in 2002, he made his Test debut on the Kiwi Tour of Great Britain and France at the end of the year. Guttenbeil played in consecutive Tests against Australia in 2003 but was overlooked for rep duty in light of the Warriors’ disappointing 2004 season.
Awen would play 170 games for the Warriors before ending his career at Salford.
- 1995-08 Mate Ma'a Tonga
- 1996-06 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
- 2002 - Minor Premiers with the New Zealand Warriors
- 2002-05 - New Zealand Kiwis
- 2007-08 - Played for Salford Reds, England