29. James McDonnell

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Player Profile


Position: Second row / Centre
Date of Birth: 12/01/2000
Heritage number: 1106
Height: 6ft 1
Weight: 98kg
Previous Clubs: Wigan Academy (Wigan St. Judes ARLFC)
Representative Honours:* England Academy 2018, beat Australian Schoolboys 2-0 in a two-game series
Honours: Two-time Academy Grand Final winner (2018 & 2019)
Wigan Debut: vs St Helens (H), centre, lost 0-42, at the AJ Bell Stadium, 29/09/2020


  • Born in Wigan.
  • Started playing rugby league when he was five-year-old at St. Judes ARLFC and stayed there for 11 years.
  • Signed for Wigan in 2014 and played two years in Scholarship.
  • Went on to play three years in the Academy, playing in two Grand Final wins.
  • Joint top try scorer in the 2019 Academy team – scoring 19 tries in as many games.
  • Played in four Reserves games earlier this year.
  • Was named in 21-man squad to face Salford Red Devils earlier this year.

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