David Shillington

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David Shillington
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Personal information
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 35)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 Sydney Roosters 73 5 0 0 20
2009–15 Canberra Raiders 131 5 0 0 20
2016 Gold Coast Titans 11 1 0 0 4
Total 215 11 0 0 44
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Queensland 8 0 0 0 0
2009–12 Australia 14 0 0 0 0
2009–13 Prime Minister's XIII 4 2 0 0 8
2010 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 20 March 2016
Source: [1]

David Shillington (born 24 June 1983 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop forward, he previously played for the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders. Shillington also works as a columnist for The Canberra Times.[3]

Early and personal life

Shillington has two older brothers and a younger brother.[citation needed] He attended Padua College, Brisbane. Shillington played his junior rugby league for the Brisbane Brothers.

Playing career

Sydney Roosters

He started his NRL career playing for the Sydney Roosters from 2005 until 2008. In April 2008, Shillington was demoted to reserve grade after breaching the club's strict alcohol policy by admitting to going out drinking and turning up late for Monday morning training.[4] He was thought to be eligible to represent France for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[5]

Shillington signed a 4-year deal with the Canberra Raiders starting in 2009.[6][7]

Shillington in 2012

Canberra Raiders

In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25-man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009.[8] He did not make an appearance for the Maroons until the 3rd game of the series though. At the end of the 2009 season Shillington was selected as part of the Australian squad that travelled to Europe for the 2009 Four Nations tournament. He made his debut against England. In December, 2009, Shillington was arrested for drink driving after testing more than twice the legal limit.[9]

For the 2010 ANZAC Test, Shillington was selected to play for Australia as a prop forward in their victory against New Zealand. Shillington was named the winner of the Mal Meninga Medal as the Raiders' player of the year for 2010.[10]

In 2011, Shillington was picked in the Australia V New Zealand test played in Newcastle playing off the Bench, before heading to Great Britain for the 2011 Four Nations tournament in England and Wales. For the first two games (VS New Zealand & England), Shillington played off the bench wearing the number 16,but in the game VS Wales, he will start at prop (number 8). When Australia played New Zealand in England, Isaac Luke (New Zealand hooker) came in late on Shillington's legs which looked like it would end his Four Nations tournament. He was in doubt played against England at Wembley but did play.

For the 2013 State of Origin series Shillington was selected to play in Game I, but after the Blues' win was not retained for Game II.

Gold Coast Titans and retirement

On 25 June 2015, Shillington signed a 2-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans starting in 2016.[11] Shillington announced his immediate retirement from rugby league on 9 February 2017 due to chronic injuries.[12]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Nicolussi, Christian (4 May 2011). "Shillo eyes an Origin III return". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  3. ^ Article at The Canberra Times
  4. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/599407/Leagues-off-field-incidents-during-centenary-year
  5. ^ <http://mudgee.yourguide.com.au/news/national/national/sport/grannygate-sequel-a-french-farce/1238691.aspx
  6. ^ "Raiders snare Shillington". Fox Sports. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  7. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
  8. ^ "Queensland name preliminary State of Origin squad". Fox Sports. 28 April 2009. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Queensland Origin forward Dave Shillington arrested for high-range drink driving". Courier Mail. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  10. ^ Read, Brent (11 September 2010). "Big front-rower David Shillington is feeling very much at home with Canberra". The Australian. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.titans.com.au/news/2015/06/25/shillington_to_becom.html
  12. ^ "David Shillington Retires from Rugby League". titans.com.au. Retrieved 9 February 2017.

External links

  • Gold Coast Titans profile
  • http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/player?id=107749&name=david-shillington&team=55004
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=player-profile-display&id=486&player=david-shillington&team=Raiders
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=42239&title=shillington-praises-extra-efforts
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=42030&title=shillington-named-raiders-‘black-dog'-ambassador
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=41767&title=replay-shillington's-live-chat-with-fans
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=41739&title=shillington-nominated-for-the-ken-stephen-medal
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=38867&title=david-shillington---raiders-tv-extra
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=38829&title=shillington-a-raider-until-2015
  • http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=36209&title=shillington:-we-need-strike-fear-at-home
  • http://www.nrl.com/telstrapremiership/playerstats/playerprofile/tabid/10898/clubid/2/playerid/329/seasonid/7/default.aspx
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