|Kenny-Dowall in 2013|
23 January 1988 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|2008||New Zealand Māori||1||1||0||0||4|
|2011–13||NRL All Stars||2||1||0||0||4|
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (born 23 January 1988) is a professional rugby league footballer for the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League (NRL). A New Zealand national representative centre, he has played his entire NRL career to date with the Roosters, winning the 2013 Premiership with them. Kenny-Dowall also played in New Zealand's 2010 Four Nations-winning side as well as the 2014 Four Nations-winning side.
Born in Brisbane, Kenny-Dowall moved to Auckland as a three year old. He later resided in the Waikato region where He played as a junior for the Ngaruawahia Panthers. He Also represent waicoa bay in the NJC. He was a New Zealand Warriors junior but was unwanted by the club before moving to Sydney in 2004. Kenny-Dowall was selected for the Junior Kiwis in 2006.
Professional playing career
Kenny-Dowall joined the Sydney Roosters and made his National Rugby League debut in the 2007 season. At the end of the season he was selected for the New Zealand All Golds to play against the Northern Union in October as part of the 2007 All Golds Tour. He missed out on selection for New Zealand for the 2007 Baskerville Shield Test series against the Great Britain Lions but was selected for the test against France due to the injury of Taniela Tuiaki.
Kenny-Dowall played for the Roosters at centre in their 2010 NRL Grand Final loss to the Dragons. He cemented his position in the centres for the Kiwis in the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations scoring three tries including one in the final. Two wins to England and Papua New Guinea and a loss to Australia ultimately led to a Grand Final showdown with the Kangaroos at Suncorp Stadium. Trailing 6-0 in the 36th minute a short pass 10 metres from the try-line towards Kenny-Dowall opened a big gap in the Australian defence, leveling the score up to 6-6 after Kenny-Dowall planted the ball. Down 12-16 in the 79th minute, a Benji Marshall cut-out pass past 2 defenders headed towards Kenny-Dowall, who ran and passed the ball out to winger Jason Nightingale. Nightingale ran and provided an over-head pass inside, which went through Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer's hands and straight to Benji Marshall, who was tackled by halfback Cooper Cronk. Marshall then passed a miracle ball towards Kiwis halfback Nathan Fien, who scored the try.Kenny-Dowall's fine form throughout 2010 saw him coming runner up to Marshall in the Rugby League World Golden Boot award, where he made centre in the team of the year.
In 2011 in was selected in the NRL All Stars team. Playing off the bench he scored a try in their 28-12 win.
For the 2013 Anzac Test, Kenny-Dowall was selected to play for New Zealand in a 32-12 loss to the Kangaroos. A key player in the Roosters 2013 season, the Roosters finished the season winning the Minor Premiership. Decisive play from the Roosters led to their 4th NRL Grand Final in 12 years. During the 2013 NRL Grand Final against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Kenny-Dowall scored a try in the 60th minute to lock the score at 18-18. A James Maloney goal and a Michael Jennings try sealed the Roosters a premiership for the first time in 12 years, and Kenny-Dowall's first NRL premiership win.
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