|Born||18 September 1971|
Sarina, Queensland, Australia
Kevin Campion (born 18 September 1971) is a former Ireland international rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he also played for Ireland in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Campion played his club football in Australia for Gold Coast Seagulls, St. George Dragons, Adelaide Rams, Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys.
Kevin is the younger brother of Australian radio personality Paul Campion. His younger brother Neil Campion was a coach at Aspley Junior Rugby League club.
Campion made his début for the Gold Coast Seagulls in 1993, and went on to play 44 games for the club before signing with St. George for the 1996 season. He played in the second-row in the Dragons 8-20 loss to Manly in the Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium. It would be his last game for the Dragons as he had signed to play for the Adelaide Rams in the new Super League in 1997.
Campion joined the Rams and was one of the team's stand-out players in the club's first season. He would make his representative début for Queensland during the 1997 Super League Tri-series but sensationally was told by Rams coach Rod Reddy that he was not part of his plans for the club in 1998.
After leaving Adelaide, Kevin Campion was then snapped up by Brisbane Bronco's coach Wayne Bennett, and went on to play 80 games for the club between 1998 and 2000, including the 1998, 2000 NRL Grand Finals. He scored a try for Brisbane in their 38-12 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 1998 Grand Final.
Campion then signed with the New Zealand Warriors in 2001 and went on to play at lock forward in their 2002 NRL Grand Final loss to the Sydney Roosters. At half time coach Daniel Anderson (rugby league) attempted to inspire the team by playing a mock commentary of the New Zealand Warriors scoring 'the greatest try ever scored'. Campion picked up the tape recorder, smashed it on the ground and gave the team an inspired speech instead.
This made Campion one of only five players who have played in Grand Finals for three clubs during his career.
Campion also represented Queensland on six occasions; four times in the annual State of Origin series, and twice in the Super League Tri-series. He also helped Ireland to the quarter-finals in the 2000 World Cup. At the New Zealand Warriors Campion was co-captain with New Zealand international halfback Stacey Jones.
Campion retired at the end of National Rugby League season 2004 with 241 first grade games. During the 2005 season he was involved in coaching with the New Zealand Warriors but has since returned to Gold Coast with his wife Kylie and children Austin, Max and Isla.