John McDonald (rugby league)

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John McDonald
Personal information
Born Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1960–6? Valleys (Toowoomba)
1969–71 Manly-Warringah 66 30 2 1 96
Total 66 30 2 1 96
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1965–68 Queensland 9 2 0 0 6
1969–70 New South Wales 3 0 1 0 2
1966–70 Australia 13 5 9 0 33
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Years Team Gms W D L W%
197?–80 Queensland

John McDonald AM is an Australian former rugby league footballer, coach and administrator.[1] A tall three-quarter back, he played club football in Toowoomba, representing Queensland ten times and also gaining selection for the Australian test team.[2] In 1969 McDonald moved south, playing in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership with the Manly-Warringah club. After playing for his adopted state, he toured New Zealand as Australian vice-captain. He went on to captain Manly from the flank in the club's grand final loss to Souths in the 1970 NSWRFL season.[3]

McDonald returned to Queensland after three seasons with the Sea Eagles to captain-coach Toowoomba and was elected president of the club after his retirement. He also coached Queensland in the late 1970s and was coach of the Maroons' first State of Origin team in 1980. By the end of the decade, he had progressed to the position of President of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) and in 1998, joined the National Rugby League Executive Committee and was named Chairman of the QRL and Australian Rugby League Board of Directors. That year he was also named "Sport Administrator of the Year" at the Queensland Sport Awards.[4] In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, McDonald was named at centre in the Toowoomba and South West Team of the Century.[5]


  1. ^ Press Release (22 January 2007). "John McDonald anointed as a QRL Life Member". Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Queensland Representative Players Archived 1 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine. at
  3. ^ John McDonald at Archived 22 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Queensland Sport Awards Winners 1995-2008" (PDF). QSport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  5. ^ "South West names Formidable Team". South West Division. SportingPulse. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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