Nene Macdonald

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Nene Macdonald
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Personal information
Born (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 22)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 Sydney Roosters 11 3 0 0 12
2015–16 Gold Coast Titans 34 14 0 0 56
2017– St. George Illawarra 0 0 0 0 0
Total 45 17 0 0 68
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 Papua New Guinea 5 2 0 0 8
2016 World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 15 July 2016
Source: [1]

Nene Macdonald (born 11 May 1994) is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. A Papua New Guinea international and World All Stars representative, he plays at wing, centre. He previously played for the Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans.

Background[edit]

Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Macdonald moved to Queensland, Australia at a young age and played his junior football for the Cairns Brothers, before being signed by the Gold Coast Titans.

In October 2011, Macdonald played for the Australian Schoolboys.[2][3] In 2012, he joined the Sydney Roosters. He played for the Roosters' NYC team in 2012 and 2013.[4] In 2013 and 2014, he played for the Queensland Under-20s team.[5][6] In 2013, he played for Papua New Guinea against the Prime Minister's XIII team, scoring a try.[7]

Playing career[edit]

2013[edit]

In 2013, Macdonald was selected in the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2013 World Cup.[8] He played in 3 matches and scored a try in Papua New Guinea's 9-8 loss to France.[9]

2014[edit]

On 11 February 2014, Macdonald was selected in the Roosters' inaugural 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[10] In Round 11 of the 2014 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on the wing and scored a try in the Roosters' 32-12 win at ANZ Stadium.[11][12] He finished his debut year in the NRL having played 7 games and scoring 3 tries for the Roosters. On 2 September 2014, he was named on the wing in the 2014 NYC Team of the Year.[13]

2015[edit]

On 31 January and 1 February, Macdonald again played for the Roosters' in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[14] On 2 May, he played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2015 Melanesian Cup, playing on the wing in the Papua New Guinea's 22-10 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[15][16] On 16 June, he signed a 1 12-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans mid-season effective immediately.[17][18] He made his club debut for the Titans in Round 15 against the New Zealand Warriors, playing at centre in the Titans' 36-14 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[19][20] In his next match in Round 16 against his former club the Sydney Roosters, he scored his first try for the Titans in their 20-10 loss at Central Coast Stadium.[21] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 4 matches for the Roosters and 11 matches for the Titans, scoring 4 tries.[22][23] On 15 December, he was named on interchange bench for the World All Stars to play against the Indigenous All Stars on 16 February 2016.[24]

2016[edit]

On 12 January, Macdonald was selected in the QAS Emerging Maroons squad.[25] In February, he played for the Titans in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[26] On 13 February, he played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2016 All Stars match, playing on the wing in his team's 12-8 win at Suncorp Stadium.[27][28] On 7 May, he played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup, playing at centre and scoring a try in Papua New Guinea's 24-22 win at Parramatta Stadium.[29] In August, he signed a 3-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2017.[30][31] He finished the 2016 season having played in 23 matches and scoring 10 tries in his last year with the Titans.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nene MacDonald - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  2. ^ Mark Riddell. "Here's a tip: Keep an eye on these young boys". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  3. ^ "ASSRL Schoolboys rugby league news, Australian Secondary School Rugby League, Australian Schoolboys". Ourfootyteam.com. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141031210105/http://rleague.com/players/Nene-MacDonald_3772/Stats/. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Holden U/20's State of Origin: Queensland U/20's v NSW U/20's - NRL Game Development - South East Queensland". FosSportspulse.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  6. ^ "QLD U20s ORIGIN TEAM ANNOUNCED". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  7. ^ "PM's XIII beat PNG 50-10 in league match | SBS News". Sbs.com.au. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". Rlwc2013.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  9. ^ "David Mead misses easy late penalty goal attempt as Papua New Guinea fall to France at World Cup". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Late Mail: Robbo names debutant-duo". Roosters.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Roosters Down Dogs 32-12". Fansunite.com.au. 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  13. ^ "Holden Cup Team Of The Year Announced". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  14. ^ "ROOSTERS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2015-01-24. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  16. ^ "Korbin Sims Storms into Maroons Origin Contention with Stand Out Performance in Fiji's Win Over Papua New Guinea". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  17. ^ "Two new Titans join ranks". Titans.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Titans sign MacDonald and Chad Redman". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  19. ^ "Three late changes in NRL". Titans.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  20. ^ "Titans' Nene Macdonald hails Maroons coach Mal Meninga after his promising Gold Coast debut". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  21. ^ "Gold Coast Titans lost 20-10 to Sydney Roosters". Gold Coast Bulletin. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  22. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  23. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  24. ^ "Teams named for NRL All Stars match". NRL.com. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  25. ^ "Maroons name Emerging Origin squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  26. ^ "Titans unveil 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  27. ^ "World All Stars defeat Indigenous All Stars 12-8 at Suncorp Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  28. ^ "All Stars, trial games team lists". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  29. ^ Brad Walter. "Fiji Bati unearth new wing star as PNG Kumuls secure historic Test win". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  30. ^ Rugby League (2016-08-30). "Gold Coast Titans Winger Nene Macdonald joins St George Illawarra Dragons". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  31. ^ "Dragons sign Nene Macdonald". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  32. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 

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