Kemp was born in Whangarei but raised in Waitara, and attended Waitara High School.
- Anthony Edward Ellis Kemp
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Whangarei, New Zealand
- 98 kg
- New Zealand
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- 6th June 2004 vs Canberra Raiders
- Signed From:
- Wakefield Trinity
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- Winning %:
He played rugby league for the Randwick Kingfishers in the Wellington Rugby League competition and in 1987 made theJunior Kiwis.
In 1986/87 he joined the Doncaster for a season before taking up a professional career full-time when he joined the Newcastle Knights in 1988. He later played for the Castleford Tigers, South Queensland Crushers, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Kemp played Stand-off in Castleford Tigers' 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final at Headingley Stadium,Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.
Kemp joined Leeds in 1995, appearing 47 times in four seasons at the club.
In 2000 Kemp, along with all of the other players aged over 24, had his contract with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats terminated due to the clubs financial crisis.
Kemp first made the New Zealand Kiwis in 1989 and went on to play twenty five games for New Zealand. He ended his international career after the 1995 World Cup.
While at Leeds in 1998 he coached the Alliance team to a championship win.
After two years of playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats he retired to take over from Andy Kelly as head coach. He helped save the club from relegation before leaving to return home to New Zealand.
In 2001 Kemp became the assistant coach behind Daniel Anderson at the New Zealand Warriors. He openly said that he wanted to be the next head coach after Anderson. Kemp got his wish, taking over from Anderson when he was sacked halfway through the 2004 season. Kemp was in charge for a season and a half before being sacked himself after poor results. He was succeeded by Ivan Cleary.
In 2010 he was appointed team manager of the New Zealand Kiwis.
- 1986–87 Wellington
- 1986–87 Doncaster
- 1987 Junior Kiwis
- 1988–93 Newcastle Knights
- 1989–95 New Zealand Kiwis
- 1994–95 Castleford Tigers
- 1995 Sth. Qld. Crushers
- 1995–98 Leeds Rhinos
- 1999–2000 Wakefield Trinity
- 2000 Wakefield Trinity Head Coach
- 2001-2004 NZ Warriors Assistant Coach
- 2004–05 NZ Warriors Head Coach