Daniel Conn

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Daniel Conn
Personal information
Full name Daniel William Conn
Nickname Crete Con-crete, Con man
Born (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 29)
Goolma, New South Wales, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 109 kg (16 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–2006 Canterbury Bulldogs 3 0 0 0 0
2007–2009 Gold Coast Titans 28 1 0 0 4
2010–2011 Sydney Roosters 28 1 0 0 4
Total 59 2 0 0 8
Source: NRL Stats

Daniel William Conn (born 14 February 1986) is an Australian model and rugby league player of Greek and New Zealand Māori descent. He played for the Sydney Roosters club in the National Rugby League (NRL). His usual position of choice is at second-row forward.

He was first in the news as a 16-year-old in 2002, when it was revealed that he was playing Rugby Union (at Outside Centre) for The Kings' School in the NSW GPS competition, with his school fees being paid by the Canterbury Bulldogs, for whom he played after leaving school. He was selected at outside centre for GPS firsts, but withdrew that year. The next year, he progressed through the Schools' Rugby Union representative ranks to represent Australia A.

He has previously played for the Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans.

Sydney Roosters 2010–2011[edit]

Sydney Roosters have signed Gold Coast Titans backrower Daniel Conn until 2012. The Roosters believe 23-year-old Conn will add some much-needed depth to the club's back row, and likened him to club stalwart Craig Fitzgibbon.

Although being quite short for a second row forward, Daniel weighed in at 106 kilo's and coach Brian Smith states "he's a ball of muscle". Conn says that he weighed about 103 and that he's about 182–184 cm tall.

Conn is able to play for Greece and New Zealand Māori.

He has been forced to retire at age 25 due to spinal cord injuries.[1]


Michael Weyman incident[edit]

In round 4, 2008, whilst playing for the Gold Coast Titans Conn had his nose broken when he was king-hit by then-Canberra Raiders forward Michael Weyman. Although Conn wanted to go on with the tackle, he was forced off the field through the blood rule, and Weyman was sent off and banned for six matches.

The two went head to head again in the 2010 NRL Grand Final when Conn, playing for the Sydney Roosters, was booked for a high shot on the now-Dragons forward. The Roosters lost the Grand Final 32–8.

Painkiller prescription fraud[edit]

In 2008 Conn was castigated by a magistrate, fined $5000 and ordered to do community service after admitting to faking painkiller prescriptions. The court was told he was charged after presenting a bogus prescription for the drugs Valium and Tramal at a Gold Coast pharmacy. Suspicious pharmacy staff contacted the female doctor noted on the prescription who said the document was false. The pharmacist refused to fill the script and alerted police.

Police prosecutor Mark Williams said investigations revealed Conn, who refused to be interviewed by police, had presented another false prescription to the same pharrmacy the previous year.[2]


In Round 12 of the 2011 NRL season, Conn received a major neck injury which needed major surgery to have his spine fused. A week later he was told that there was a high possibility that if he continued with his career that he may not see the future. Even though he retired at the age of 25, he believes it was the best choice.

Daniel Conn starred in series 6 of Geordie Shore where the gang travelled to Australia, he was dating Geordie Shore housemate Vicky Pattison and was known as 'Fit Dan' on the show. He has also appeared on the reality TV show Ex On The Beach, where he is introduced as Vicky Pattison's ex.


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