Martin Kennedy (rugby league)

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Martin Kennedy
Personal information
Born (1989-02-20) 20 February 1989 (age 25)
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–2013 Sydney Roosters 66 4 0 0 16
2014– Brisbane Broncos 16 0 0 0 0
Total 82 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Martin Kennedy (born 20 February 1989 in Lismore, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. He plays as a forward.

Playing career[edit]

A junior for Norths Ipswich in Queensland, Kennedy was signed by the Sydney Roosters and made his National Rugby League debut in 2009. He played his 50th NRL match on 1 September 2012.[1]

Representative career[edit]

Kennedy captained the 2007 Australian Schoolboys team, with (now current) NRL players such as Daniel Mortimer, Kieran Foran, Jake Friend, Andrew McCullough and Kevin Proctor on an undefeated tour of New Zealand.

Kennedy's State of Origin eligibility was a big talking point after an impressive showing against the Wests Tigers in Round 4 of the 2011 season. After the match Kennedy stated that he "bleeds maroon" and declared himself eligible for Queensland.[2] This caused an uproar from NSWRL officials who believed Kennedy (who was born in Lismore, New South Wales) was not eligible for Queensland.

This was proven not to be the case as Kennedy had moved to Queensland as a 10 year old and played all his junior footy at Norths Ipswich, represented Queensland Under 17's and attended Ipswich Grammar School before signing with the Roosters in 2006 and playing for Matraville High School for one year in 2007. Kennedy was also selected to be a part of the 2011 Emerging Queensland Origin Squad in late December 2010.[3]

In 2013 Kennedy was picked as Queensland's 18th man in game two of the series. In July 2013 he signed a three-year, $1 million contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting in 2014.[4]


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