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Declan O’Donnell

Injury robbed the Waikato back of game time in the 2013/14 World Series season, but he has bounced back and found strong form to earn a deserved recall to the team for 2014/15. The 23 year old made his debut in the black jersey in 2010/11 and was a stand-out player at the Wellington Sevens impressing with his electric speed and powerful step, racking up a hat-trick to help New Zealand take the title. Brother of former sevens player Kylem O’Donnell, Declan is another player to have excelled with New Zealand Under 20 and his form saw him selected for the Maori All Blacks in 2012 and the Highlanders.

1.88m, 94kg
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Career Comments

  • Career notes:

    Waikato Development (2010)
    Waikato Under 20 (2009)
    Waikato Under 18 (2008)


    Rugby ground:  Waikato Stadium
    Rugby player and why:  Cory Jane because plays the same position as me
    Food:  Chicken kebabs
    Actor/Actress:  Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendez and Will Ferrell
    Movie:  Avatar, Stepbrothers, Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter Saga
    Book/Magazine: Ralph Magazine
    Singer/Band/Music type:  RnB, Slow Jams and Regge
    Holiday destination:  Whangamata
    Non-rugby sports team:  Eels and St George
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: My granddad because I never got to meet him
    Earliest rugby memories:  Playing on half a field and eating oranges at halftime
    I hate it when….  I wake up early for training
    I can’t live without….. dax wax, ,moisturiser, family and friends
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. A primary school teacher

Test Match record

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