Shannon McDonnell

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Shannon McDonnell
McDonnell playing for the Western Suburbs Magpies in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Shannon Jay McDonnell
Nickname Macca,[1] Mac Diddy,[2] Junior Burger
Born (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 (age 29)[3]
Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Weight 86 kg (13 st 8 lb)[3]
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–09 Wests Tigers 31 8 0 0 32
2009–11 Newcastle Knights 29 7 0 0 28
2012 Hull KR 22 6 0 0 24
2013–14 Hull F.C. 22 4 0 0 16
2014–16 St Helens 29 15 0 0 60
Total 133 40 0 0 160
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012 Exiles 1 0 0 0 0
2014 Ireland 3 2 0 0 8
As of 6 January 2015
Source: Rugby League Project & League Central

Shannon McDonnell (born 5 August 1987) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for St Helens RFC of the Super League. He has previously played for National Rugby League clubs Wests Tigers, Newcastle Knights and in the Super League for Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC. He primarily plays fullback and wing.


Born in Camden, New South Wales, McDonnell is of Irish descent and attended Mount Carmel High School and Westfields Sports High School, while playing his junior football for All Saints Liverpool. He was then signed by the Wests Tigers. He is the son of Wests Tigers Recruitment Manager Warren McDonnell.

Playing career[edit]

In 2004, McDonnell played for the New South Wales Under-17s team. The next season, he played for the New South Wales Under-19s team[4] and made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against the Penrith Panthers in Round 26 of the 2005 NRL season.

Having played one game for Tigers in 2005, McDonnell was named as the probable replacement for winger Pat Richards, if he was unable to overcome an ankle injury, to take his place in the 2005 NRL Grand Final team.[4]

In 2006, McDonnell played on the wing in the Tigers' 30-10 loss to Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge, and also played for the New South Wales Under-19s team and Junior Kangaroos.[5]

In 2008, McDonnell made himself available for Ireland's 2008 Rugby League World Cup campaign.[6][7] Although named in the Ireland training squad for the World Cup,[8] he was forced to withdraw through injury.[9]

On 7 May 2009, McDonnell joined the Newcastle Knights mid-season for the remainder of the year, after being released from his Tigers contract.[10][11]

At the conclusion of the 2011 NRL season, McDonnell was released by the Knights after being unwanted by incoming coach Wayne Bennett.[12]

At the beginning of 2012, McDonnell joined the Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League on a 1-year contract, following his former Knights assistant coach Craig Sandercock.[13]

In June 2012, McDonnell played for the Exiles.[14]

On 26 October 2012, McDonnell signed a 2-year contract with Hull KR's cross city rival team in Hull FC, starting in 2013.[15] In his first year at the club, he helped the team to the 2013 Challenge Cup final against the Wigan Warriors where they were defeated 16-0.[16]

On 3 July 2014, McDonnell joined St Helens RFC mid-season for the remainder of the year, after resigning from his Hull F.C. contract.[17]

In October and November 2014, McDonnell played for Ireland in the 2014 European Cup.[18] He scored two tries on debut as Ireland beat France 22-12 in their European Cup opener. [19]

On 5 January 2015, McDonnell signed a train and trial contract to return to his first club Wests Tigers, in the hope of impressing for a second-tier contract.[20]

On 30 April 2015, McDonnell rejoined St Helens RFC effective immediately on a 2-year contract.[21]

In 2016, he was called up to the Ireland squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Pool B qualifiers.[22]


  1. ^ "Macca making splash at No.1". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Shannon McDonnell St Helens". Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Brad Walter and Greg Prichard (30 September 2005). "Teenager waits in the wins for Richards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Junior kangaroos named". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Collins, Ben: "Kelly eyes Cup sitr by Irish", pages 18-19. Rugby League World, April 2008
  7. ^ "White Eyes a Green Jersey". 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Ireland Name World Cup 40 Man Training Squad". Rugby League Ireland. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-02. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Ireland suffer White injury blow". BBC. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Shannon McDonnell quits Wests Tigers for Newcastle". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Shannon McDonnell quits Wests Tigers for Newcastle". BBC. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Keeble, Brett (2011-09-06). "Knights in no hurry to go separate ways - Local News - Sport - Rugby League - Newcastle Herald". Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  13. ^ "McDonnell signs with ESL side Hull KR". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "McDonnell called into Exiles team". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hull FC sign full-back Shannon McDonnell after Hull KR exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tetley's Challenge Cup: Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell battling to be fit for the final". SkySports. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Shannon McDonnell: St Helens sign former Hull FC full-back". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Rugby League: Shannon McDonnell in Ireland's European Championship squad". SkySports. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Match Report - Ireland v France - 18th October 2014 - Sky Sports - Rugby League News". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Wests Tigers add depth to pre-season squad". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "McDonnel rejoins Super League's St Helens | SBS News". 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  22. ^ "Warrington Wolves trio named in Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers". Warrington Guardian. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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