16 January 1983 |
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Centre|
Luke Rooney (born 16 January 1983) is an Australian former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 2000s and 2010s. He played rugby league, becoming an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative winger while playing his club football in the National Rugby League for the Penrith Panthers, with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership. From 2009 Rooney played rugby union for Toulon as well as a stint with the Melbourne Rebels of SupeRugby. He ended his career playing for RC Toulonnais in the Top 14 competition.
Rooney made his Penrith Panthers' debut on 21 April for Round 10 of the 2001 NRL season. In the 2003 NRL Grand Final Rooney played on the wing and scored two tries in the Panthers' victory over the Sydney Roosters. As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Rooney played on the wing in the Panthers' 22-4 loss.
Rooney was selected to make his debut for New South Wales in the 2003 State of Origin series, playing in all three gams. At the end of the season he played for Australia in the 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations and was the tournament's top try-scorer.
Rooney was selected to play on the wing in the first two games of the 2005 State of Origin series.
At the end of 2008, Rooney switched to rugby union to play for RC Toulon in the French Top 14 competition. In the 2008–09 Top 14 season he played 16 games and scored 5 tries and also played 6 games in the 2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup. He usually plays at fullback.
In June 2010, Rooney signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels. At Rebels' arrangement Rooney traveled to New Zealand in July to gain experience with Hawkes Bay in the NZ national provincial competition. However, he played only two games before being sidelined with a groin injury.
Rooney's parents are English and he holds a British passport. Rooney options, post-Rebels, remain open. In March 2010, while in negotiations with English club Worcester Warriors, he expressed ambitions to play for England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He said he wants to play his very best rugby for the Rebels, but, "After that, who knows?" He added: "Of course it would be great to play for the Wallabies but I've got so much work to do before I can think of getting there." In 2011 he rejoined Toulon.
Return to Rugby league
In 2014 Luke Rooney announced that he had returned to Rugby League, agreeing a deal to play from the start of the 2015 season for the Salford Red Devils on a two-year contract, with the option of extending by another year.
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