|Born||22 April 1982|
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (15 st 13 lb) |
As of 4 January 2018
Joel Monaghan (born 22 April 1982 in Canberra, ACT) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Castleford Tigers in the European Super League. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative three-quarter back, he previously played in the National Rugby League for the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters. He is the younger brother of fellow rugby league player Michael Monaghan.
Monaghan's junior development was influenced by National Rugby League coach Neil Henry who was Monaghan's coach at Erindale College, Canberra. While attending Erindale College, Monoghan played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2000.
National Rugby League
Monaghan made his NRL début in 2001 for Canberra against the Penrith Panthers in round 10 and spent four seasons with the club.
He debuted for the Sydney Roosters in round 2005, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He missed much of the 2006 season after injuring his knee in a trail match against the St George Dragons then suffering later hamstring injuries during the year. He had a successful 2007 season at the Roosters scoring 13 tries in 17 games.
In 2008, Monaghan returned to the Canberra Raiders for the 2008 season. He won the Mal Meninga Medal for the club's Player of the Year. In August 2008, Monaghan was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008 he was selected in the final 24-man Australia squad. He made his test début on the wing for Australia's opening game of the RLWC against New Zealand at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday, 26 October 2008. In the final, he made the mistake of tackling Lance Hohaia who was without the ball, which resulted in a penalty try, changing a two-point deficit to an 8-point deficit with only 10 minutes left.
After the end of the 2010 season, Monaghan was released from his contract with the Raiders at his request. His decision to leave the Raiders came after a photograph of him simulating a lewd act with a dog during Mad Monday celebrations was published on Twitter. The photograph was noted and discussed by media outlets around the world.
Monaghan was selected for the 2011 Exiles squad by coach Brian McLennan however he was not selected to play. Monaghan was selected for the 2012 Exiles to face England by new coach Daniel Anderson, he started on the wing in Game 1.
Monaghan was selected to play for the Warrington Wolves on the wing in the 2013 Super League Grand final and scored the opening try in their loss against Wigan Warriors. He was the regular season's top try-scorer in 2014.
Castleford Tigers confirmed Monaghan's signing on a two-year deal from the 2016.
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