David Shillington

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David Shillington
David Shillington at an Raiders autograph session at Bolton Park.jpg
Shillington in 2012.
Personal information
Nickname Shillo[1]
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 31)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 Sydney Roosters 73 5 0 0 20
2009– Canberra Raiders 116 5 0 0 20
Total 189 10 0 0 40
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Queensland 8 0 0 0 0
2009–12 Australia 14 0 0 0 0
2009–13 Prime Minister's XIII 4 2 0 0 8
2010 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

David Shillington (born 24 June 1983 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League (NRL). A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop forward, he previously played for the Sydney Roosters club. Shillington also works as a columnist for The Canberra Times.[2]


Shillington attended Padua College, Brisbane.

Sydney Roosters[edit]

He started his NRL career playing for the Sydney Roosters from 2005 until 2008. He was thought to be eligible to represent France for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[3] On The Footy Show Brad Fittler asked him whether he was eligible to represent France and he stated that he wasn't, it was a rumour started by Lopini Paea but Shillington did say he has French bloodlines.

Shillington signed a 4-year deal with the Canberra Raiders starting in 2009.[4][5]

Canberra Raiders[edit]

In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25-man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009.[6] He did not make an appearance for the Maroons until the 3rd game of the series though. At the end of the 2009 season Shillington was selected as part of the Australian squad that travelled to Europe for the 2009 Four Nations tournament. He made his debut against England. In December, 2009, Shillington was arrested for drink driving after testing more than twice the legal limit.[7]

For the 2010 ANZAC Test, Shillington was selected to play for Australia as a prop forward in their victory against New Zealand. Shillington was named the winner of the Mal Meninga Medal as the Raiders' player of the year for 2010.[8]

In 2011, Shillington was picked in the Australia V New Zealand test played in Newcastle playing off the Bench, before heading to Great Britain for the 2011 Four Nations tournament in England and Wales. For the first two games (VS New Zealand & England), Shillington played off the bench wearing the number 16,but in the game VS Wales, he will start at prop (number 8). When Australia played New Zealand in England, Isaac Luke (New Zealand hooker) came in late on Shillington's legs which looked like it would end his Four Nations tournament. He was in doubt played against England at Wembley but did play.

For the 2013 State of Origin series Shillington was selected to play in Game I, but after the Blues' win was not retained for Game II.


  1. ^ Nicolussi, Christian (4 May 2011). "Shillo eyes an Origin III return". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Article at The Canberra Times
  3. ^ <http://mudgee.yourguide.com.au/news/national/national/sport/grannygate-sequel-a-french-farce/1238691.aspx
  4. ^ "Raiders snare Shillington". Fox Sports. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Queensland name preliminary State of Origin squad". Fox Sports. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Origin forward Dave Shillington arrested for high-range drink driving". Courier Mail. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Read, Brent (11 September 2010). "Big front-rower David Shillington is feeling very much at home with Canberra". The Australian. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 

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