Travis Waddell

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Travis Waddell
Travis Waddell.jpg
Waddell playing for the Knights in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29)
Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–12 Canberra Raiders 53 3 0 0 12
2013–14 Newcastle Knights 20 1 0 0 4
2016–17 Brisbane Broncos 5 0 0 0 0
Total 78 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 Indigenous All Stars 4 0 0 0 0
As of 11 February 2018
Source: [1]

Travis Waddell (born 11 July 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Souths Logan Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup. He plays as a hooker. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and most recently the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.


Born in Proserpine, Queensland, Waddell played his junior football for the Proserpine Brahmans, before being signed by the Souths Logan Magpies.[2]

Playing career

Waddell playing for the Raiders


After a year with the Souths Logan Magpies, Waddell signed a contract with the Canberra Raiders. He played for the Raiders' NYC team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 15 tries in 39 games.[3]

In Round 3 of the 2009 NRL season, Waddell made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the Parramatta Eels.

At the end of 2009, Waddell was named at hooker in the NYC Team of the Year.

In 2010, Waddell was selected in the inaugural Indigenous All Stars team to play the NRL All Stars at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was again selected in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Waddell was a regular in the Raiders team in 2010, despite being off the field for 10 weeks with a broken jaw.[4]

Waddell started 2011 again as a regular, but was dropped from the first-grade team as the Raiders struggled, and joined feeder club Souths Logan Magpies for the remainder of the year.[5]

Waddell played 21 games for the Raiders in 2012. At the end of the year he was released.[6]


In 2013, Waddell returned to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup. However, in January, Newcastle Knights coach, Wayne Bennett asked Waddell to come and train with the NRL team a week each month while still playing for Souths Logan,[7] with Knights CEO Matthew Gidley revealing that Waddell would train with the team in case he was needed during the season for the Knights.[8][9][10]

On 4 March 2013, Waddell signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights, 3 days before the start of the 2013 NRL season.[11]

In June 2013, the Knights released Waddell back to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup for the remainder of the 2013 season but he returned to the Knights in 2014 on a full-time deal.[12]


In September 2014, Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett revealed that Waddell would be following him to the Brisbane Broncos in 2015 on a 2-year contract.[13][14][15]

Personal life

Waddell's mother is from Badu Island in the Torres Strait, his father is Aboriginal and from Darwin, Northern Territory. He is also of Vanuatuan descent.[16]

Waddell is related to Newcastle Knights player Dane Gagai, Gold Coast Titans player Josh Hoffman and AFL players Daniel, Steven, Shannon and Marlon Motlop.[17]


  1. ^ "Travis Waddell - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Waddell adds to family star list". Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Grandstand Forums". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. ^ Brad Walter (30 March 2010). "Waddell blow tough to take". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Raiders Year in Review". Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ Jon Tuxworth (16 January 2013). "Former Raider Travis Waddell makes Indigenous All Stars team". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Travis Waddell to play in NRL All Stars game in bid to win a contract with the Newcastle Knights". 23 January 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Travis Waddell trains with Knights". Newcastle Knights. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  9. ^ 17 January 2013 12:00AM (17 January 2013). "Willie Mason and Travis Waddell score shock selection to NRL All Stars squads". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (16 January 2013). "Knights poised to sign Raiders hooker". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Knights sign Travis Waddell". Newcastle Knights. 4 March 2013. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  12. ^ Keeble, Brett. "Surplus Waddell back to Qld Cup". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  13. ^ ROBERT DILLONSept. 5, 2014, 9:30 p.m. (5 September 2014). "Unwanted Waddell goes with Bennett | Newcastle Herald". Retrieved 14 May 2016.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "2016 NRL player transfers". Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Waddell buoyed by Bennett call | Mackay Daily Mercury". 25 September 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Vanuatu Rugby League announces national team". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Video". 7 January 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013.

External links

  • Brisbane Broncos profile
  • NRL profile
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