Martin Kennedy (rugby league)

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Martin Kennedy
Martin Kennedy.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-02-20) 20 February 1989 (age 28)
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Sydney Roosters 66 4 0 0 16
2014 Brisbane Broncos 16 0 0 0 0
Total 82 4 0 0 16
As of 4 July 2015
Source: RLP[1]

Martin Kennedy (born 20 February 1989 in Lismore, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer. He plays as a Prop.

Playing career[edit]

A junior for Norths Ipswich in Queensland, Kennedy was signed by the Sydney Roosters and made his National Rugby League debut in 2009. He played his 50th NRL match on 1 September 2012.[1]

In July 2013 he signed a three-year, $1 million contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting in 2014.[2]

On 29 October 2014, Kennedy was released from the last two years of his contract to explore other options.[3] A day later on 30 October 2014, Kennedy announced on social media that he was returning to his former club the Sydney Roosters for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[4][5]

In March 2015, Kennedy was issued with an infraction notice for possession and use of banned testosterone-based substances.[6] In January 2016, Kennedy was suspended for two years and nine months for breaching the National Rugby League's anti-doping policy for: attempted use of selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMS S22) ; attempted use of growth hormone ; attempted use of chorionic gonadotrophin and attempted use of insulin.[7]

Representative career[edit]

Kennedy captained the 2007 Australian Schoolboys team, with future NRL players such as Daniel Mortimer, Kieran Foran, Jake Friend, Andrew McCullough and Kevin Proctor on an undefeated tour of New Zealand.

Kennedy's State of Origin eligibility was a big talking point after an impressive showing against the Wests Tigers in Round 4 of the 2011 season.[citation needed] After the match Kennedy stated that he "bleeds maroon" and declared himself eligible for Queensland[8] This caused an uproar from NSWRL officials who believed Kennedy (who was born in Lismore, New South Wales) was not eligible for Queensland.[citation needed]

This was proven not to be the case as Kennedy had moved to Queensland as a 10-year-old and played all his junior footy at Norths Ipswich, represented Queensland Under 17's and attended Ipswich Grammar School before signing with the Roosters in 2006 and playing for Matraville High School for one year in 2007. Kennedy was also selected to be a part of the 2011 Emerging Queensland Origin Squad in late December 2010.[9]

In 2013 Kennedy was picked as Queensland's 18th man in game two of the series.

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy is currently the owner of Snake Ranch, it is one of the largest reptile breeding facilities in Australia.[10]


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