Travis Waddell

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Travis Waddell
Waddell playing for the Knights in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 25)
Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–12 Canberra Raiders 53 3 0 0 12
2013– Newcastle Knights 19 1 0 0 4
Total 72 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 Indigenous All Stars 4 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Travis Waddell (born 11 July 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders. He primarily plays hooker.

Playing career[edit]

Waddell playing for the Raiders in 2009.

Born in Proserpine, Queensland, Waddell played his junior football for the Proserpine Brahmans before being signed by the Souths Logan Magpies.[1] After a year with the Magpies, Waddell signed a contract with the Canberra Raiders. He played for the Raiders' Toyota Cup team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 15 tries in 39 games.[2]

In Round 3 of the 2009 NRL season, Waddell made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the Parramatta Eels.

At the end of 2009, Waddell was named at hooker in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year.

Waddell was a regular in the Raiders team in 2010, despite being off the field for 10 weeks with a broken jaw.[3]

Waddell started 2011 again as a regular, but was dropped from the first-grade team as the Raiders struggled, and joined feeder club Souths Logan Magpies for the remainder of the year.[4]

Waddell played 21 games for the Raiders in 2012. At the end of the year he was released.[5]

In 2013, Waddell returned to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup. However, in January, Newcastle Knights coach, Wayne Bennett asked Waddell to come and train with the NRL team a week each month while still playing for Souths Logan,[6] with Knights CEO Matthew Gidley revealing that Waddell would train with the team in case he was needed during the season for the Knights.[7][8][9]

On 4 March 2013, Waddell signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights, 3 days before the start of the 2013 NRL season.[10]

In June 2013, the Knights released Waddell back to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup for the remainder of the 2013 season but he returned to the Knights in 2014 on a full-time deal.[11]

Representative career[edit]

In 2010, Waddell was selected in the inaugural Indigenous All Stars team to play the NRL All Stars at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was again selected in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He is eligible to represent the Vanuatu national rugby league team.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Waddell's mother is from Badu Island in the Torres Strait, his father is Aboriginal and from Darwin, Northern Territory.

Waddell is related to fellow Knights player Dane Gagai, Brisbane Broncos player Josh Hoffman and AFL players Daniel, Steven, Shannon and Marlon Motlop.[13]


  1. ^ "Waddell adds to family star list". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Grandstand Forums". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ Brad Walter (30 March 2010). "Waddell blow tough to take". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Raiders Year in Review". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Jon Tuxworth (2013-01-16). "Former Raider Travis Waddell makes Indigenous All Stars team". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Travis Waddell trains with Knights". Newcastle Knights. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  8. ^ 17 January 2013 12:00AM (2013-01-17). "Willie Mason and Travis Waddell score shock selection to NRL All Stars squads". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  9. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (2013-01-16). "Knights poised to sign Raiders hooker". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Knights sign Travis Waddell". Newcastle Knights. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  11. ^ Keeble, Brett. "Surplus Waddell back to Qld Cup". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Vanuatu Rugby League announces national team". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Video". 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 

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