Shaun Rehn

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Shaun Rehn
Personal information
Full name Shaun Jason Rehn
Date of birth (1971-08-17) 17 August 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Arno Bay, South Australia
Original team West Adelaide (SANFL)
Height/Weight 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) / 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Position(s) Ruck
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
West Adelaide (SANFL)
Adelaide (AFL)
Hawthorn (AFL)
021 (13)
134 (55)
033 0(7)
188 (75)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1994, 1998 South Australia 002 0(0)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2003–2005 West Adelaide (SANFL) 70 (27-43-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
Career highlights

Shaun Jason Rehn (born 17 August 1971 in Arno Bay, South Australia) is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for both the Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL) and West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

AFL career[edit]

Rehn started his AFL career in 1991 with the Adelaide Crows in their inaugural year in the Australian Football League. After some eye catching performances for West Adelaide (who were making a late season charge to the SANFL finals), he made his debut for the Crows against Sydney in Round 18 of the 1991 AFL season at Football Park in Adelaide.

At 6'8" (203 cm) he became a leading ruckmen, but suffered three ACL knee injuries overall on both knees which limited his playing ability. The last of those injuries was sustained when his good knee buckled and twisted after running onto a small rubber circle installed in the centre of the turf ground; the circles had been installed onto grounds to assist umpires with centre bounces, but Rehn's injury, and subsequent legal action, saw the circles swiftly removed from all grounds.[1] Rehn's injury kept him on the sidelines for most of the 1996 season after having spent much of the previous season out with the same injury. His knee injuries restricted him to just 6 games in those two seasons, three in each.

Rehn played 134 games and kicked 55 goals for the Crows between 1991 and 2000 and was a member of the Crows 1997 and 1998 premiership teams, before moving to Hawthorn in 2001 in the twilight of his career. He played 33 games and kicked 7 goals with the Hawks between 2001–2002, sharing the ruck work with the 206 cm (6'9") tall Paul Salmon, before retiring from AFL football.

Throughout his whole career at both Adelaide and Hawthorn, Rehn wore the #52 guernsey, and holds the record for the most games wearing that number. Such high numbers are rare in Australian football, as players with numbers higher than 40 usually exchange them for lower numbers early in their careers. Rehn played in jumper #16 when he played for West Adelaide.

Post-playing career[edit]

From 2003 to 2005, Rehn was the coach of the West Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL, leading them to the Grand Final in his debut season as coach.

In 2006, Rehn joined the Brisbane Lions as ruck coach where he helped develop Brisbane's young ruck division including Jamie Charman, Cameron Wood and Matthew Leuenberger.

In 2011 Rehn coached South Australia in the 2011 State of Origin Slowdown to a 17.10 (112) to 17.9 (111) victory over Victoria in a charity match at the Adelaide Oval for the Little Heroes Foundation and the Reach Foundation youth charities started by former Melbourne ruckman and 1991 Brownlow Meadallist Jim Stynes.

On 19 October 2011, Port Adelaide announced that Rehn would be an assistant coach at the club.


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