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SKD Retires: Rooster #1069 Calls Time on Playing Career

Sydney Rooster #1069, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, has announced that he will hang up the boots at the end of the 2023 Super League season. 

Progressing through the ranks as a Roosters junior, Kenny-Dowall played an integral part of the playing roster for ten years, after making his first-grade debut on the wing against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 1, 2007. 

He featured in a number of stellar moments throughout his 224 games in the Red, White and Blue, most notably helping the Club win the 2013 NRL Grand Final despite suffering a gruesome broken jaw in the first half.  

Kenny-Dowall Crosses in 2013 Grand Final

The New Zealand representative scored 121 tries, the third highest of any player to have donned the Tricolours, and recorded 114 wins as a Rooster, etching himself into Club history books as the 10th most-capped athlete. 

Sydney Roosters Coach Trent Robinson congratulated Kenny-Dowall on his decorated 17-season playing career, thanking him for all he brought to the jersey in his time at the Club. 

“To me, he has always been a mix between the backpacker from New Zealand, this incredible centre, winger and try-scorer and that sort of loveable Rooster type guy,” he said.  

“He was such a coachable, reliable player and he was really honest in the way he was able to be coached and received feedback. 

After departing the Roosters in 2017, Kenny-Dowall played 53 games for the Newcastle Knights before joining Super League team Hull Kingston Rovers in 2020.  

The 35-year-old Hull KR captain will remain at the Club following the end of the 2023 season, taking up a new role coaching role to assist upcoming footballers. 

“It’s great to see him get the opportunity to put all of his knowledge into the building blocks of the next generation of players,” Robinson said.

"I love the fact that he’s getting the chance give back to rugby league.” 

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.