29 August 1978 |
|Source: Rugby League Project|
Stuart Donlan (born August 29, 1978 in Leigh) is an English professional rugby league coach and former player of the 1990s, and 2000s. He is the current head coach of Canada. A Lancashire representative backline player, he previously played for English Super League sides Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers. Donlan began his career with hometown club Leigh Centurions in 1997 before finishing his career with Leigh in 2011 and moving into a coaching role.
Stuart's father Steve Donlan was also a former professional rugby league player who played for Great Britain and was a member of the Leigh team that won the Championship at the end of the 1981–82 season.
Donlan played for Huddersfield in the 2006 Challenge Cup Final on the wing but the Giants lost 12-42 against St. Helens. Having spent the final three years of his career with Leigh, Donlan became the assistant coach to Ian Millward at Castleford Tigers, one of Donlan's former clubs, after the pair previously worked together at Leigh Centurions ahead of the 2012 Super League season. He departed Castleford in 2013 following Millward's sacking, and later became assistant coach under Brian Noble at Salford City Reds, where he served for a year before leaving the club along with Noble in early 2014. He was subsequently named head coach of the Canada national team.
Stuart's first game was the only game of the 2014 Colonial Cup. He led Canada to a famous victory which made them the Colonial Cup champions for the very first time. Despite his success Donlan was replaced by Aaron Zimmerle, the head coach of the Queensland Cup team Tweed Heads Seagulls, in 2015 as he took over the role to coach Canada in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying campaign.
- Stuart Donlan named head coach of Canada Wolverines
- "Canada announces Aaron Zimmerle as head coach for Qualifiers". CRL. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
- "My life in rugby league: Stuart Donlan" interview at TotalRL.com
- Stuart Donlan rleague.com stats
- Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk
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