23 January 1988 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|2008||New Zealand Māori||1||1||0||0||4|
|2011–13||NRL All Stars||2||1||0||0||4|
|As of 3 May 2015|
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (born 23 January 1988) is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand national representative centre, he has played his entire NRL career to date with the Roosters, winning the 2013 Premiership with them. Kenny-Dowall also played in New Zealand's 2010 Four Nations-winning side as well as the 2014 Four Nations-winning side.
Born in Brisbane, Kenny-Dowall is of Māori descent. He moved to Auckland as a three-year-old and began his rugby league career playing for the East Coast Bays Barracudas on Auckland's North Shore. Kenny-Dowall later resided in Ngaruawahia, where he attended Ngaruawahia High School and played for the Ngaruawahia Panthers. Kenny-Dowall was a New Zealand Warriors junior but was unwanted by the club before moving to Sydney in 2004. Kenny-Dowall was selected for the Junior Kiwis in 2006.
Kenny-Dowall joined the Sydney Roosters and made his National Rugby League debut in Round 1 the 2007 NRL season against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, playing on the wing in the Roosters' 6–18 loss. In Round 4 against the Brisbane Broncos, Kenny-Dowall scored his first NRL try in the Roosters 10–32 loss at the SFS. In Round 13, Kenny-Dowall scored a hatrick in the Roosters 64–30 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at the SFS. Kenny-Dowall finished his debut year in the NRL with playing in 14 matches and scored 8 tries in the 2007 NRL season. At the end of the season he was selected for the New Zealand All Golds to play against the Northern Union in October as part of the 2007 All Golds Tour. He missed out on selection for the New Zealand Kiwis for the 2007 Baskerville Shield test series against the Great Britain Lions but was selected for the test against France due to the injury of Taniela Tuiaki, scoring a try on test debut in the 22–14 win.
Kenny-Dowall played 19 matches and scored 15 tries for the Roosters in the 2008 NRL season. Kenny-Dowall was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 World Cup but was not selected. Instead, Kenny-Dowall played for the New Zealand Māori which met the Indigenous Dreamtime team in a curtain-raiser to the World Cup, scoring a try in the 34–26 loss.
Kenny-Dowall played in all 24 matches and scored 14 tries and kicked 3 goals in the Roosters Wooden Spoon 2009 NRL season.
In Round 20 against the Brisbane Broncos, Kenny-Dowall scored 4 tries in the 34–30 win at Suncorp Stadium, Kenny-Dowall the first Rooster to 4 tries in a match in 35 years. In the Roosters qualifying final match against the Wests Tigers at the SFS, Kenny-Dowall scored the winning try in golden point extra time by intercepting the ball and running 70 metres downfield to win the match for the Roosters 19–15. Kenny-Dowall played at centre in the Roosters 2010 NRL Grand Final 32–8 loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons. Kenny-Dowall played in all the Roosters 28 matches and scored 21 tries being the 2010 NRL season's highest tryscorer along with Newcastle's Akuila Uate. Kenny-Dowall cemented his position in the centres for the Kiwis in the 2010 Four Nations series, scoring three tries including one in the final. Kenny-Dowall combined with Benji Marshall, Jason Nightingale and Nathan Fien to set up the series winning 79th minute try. Kenny-Dowall's form throughout 2010 saw him runner up to Marshall in the Rugby League World Golden Boot Award, where he made centre in the team of the year.
On 13 February 2011, Kenny-Dowall was chosen to play for the NRL All Stars team on the interchange bench, scoring a try in the 28–12 win over the Indigenous All Stars at Cbus Super Stadium. On 10 March 2011, Kenny-Dowall agreed to a 4 year deal with the Roosters worth $1.4m. Kenny-Dowall played for the New Zealand Kiwis at centre in the 2011 ANZAC Test at Cbus Super Stadium against Australia in the 20–10 defeat. In Round 19 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Kenny-Dowall played his 100th NRL career match for the Roosters, scoring a try in the 21–20 loss at ANZ Stadium. Kenny-Dowall played in 20 matches and scored 9 tries for the Roosters in the 2011 NRL season.
Kenny-Dowall played in the Kiwis 2012 ANZAC Test at centre in the 20–12 loss to Australia at Eden Park. Kenny-Dowall played in 17 matches and scored 8 tries for the Roosters in the 2012 NRL season.
On 13 February 2013, Kenny-Dowall was chosen to play for the NRL All Stars team at centre in the 32–6 loss over the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium. For the 2013 ANZAC Test, Kenny-Dowall was selected to play for New Zealand at centre in their 32–12 loss to Australia at Canberra Stadium. Kenny-Dowall played in the Roosters 26–18 victory in the 2013 NRL Grand Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles scoring a try in the 60th minute of the match, revealing after the match he had played for the length of the game despite breaking a tooth and fracturing his jaw in an early encounter in the match. The injury forced him to miss the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Kenny-Dowall played in all the Roosters 27 matches and scored 9 tries.
In the 2014 NRL season Round 1 season opener against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Kenny-Dowall played his 150th career NRL match for the Roosters in the 28–8 loss at ANZ Stadium. Kenny-Dowall finished off the 2014 NRL season with him playing in all of the Roosters 27 matches and scoring 11 tries. On 7 October 2014, Kenny-Dowall was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series. Kenny-Dowall played at centre in the Kiwis 22–18 Four Nations final win over Australia at Westpac Stadium.
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