25
DOB
14/09/1991
Birth Place
Whitehaven, England
Position
Second Row
Weight
88kg
Height
180cm

BIOGRAPHY

Front rower James Donaldson joined the Rhinos at the start of the 2019 season after impressing during a trial period in pre-season. The former Bradford Bulls and Hull KR player featured off the bench in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge match against Wakefield prior to agreeing a one-year deal with the club.

Donaldson made his Super League debut, aged 18, in 2009 when Bradford suffered a 38-40 loss to Castleford. Two games later he scored his first try for the first team against Wigan. At the end of the campaign, with seven substitute appearances and two tries, Donaldson signed a three-year contract with Bradford.

A ruptured ACL midway through the 2010 season ended Donaldson’s season early; the forward being out for six months. Over the next two seasons, he made fourteen appearances as the Bulls began to slip down the table, but with a new 12-month contract accepted in 2013, Donaldson would appear regularly in the front row. 12 starts and two more tries came as the Bulls finished ninth at the end of the season. In 2014, Donaldson made 22 starts but couldn’t prevent Bradford’s fate of relegation from Super League.

Donaldson moved away from the Bulls in 2015 to sign for Hull KR, where he would spend four seasons. He made 42 Super League appearances throughout his time at the Robins and appeared in the club’s first Challenge Cup final since 1986, where they lost 50-0 to the Rhinos in their treble season. With the Rovers relegated a year later, Donaldson was one of thirteen players that stayed to help get the club promoted in 2017.

With Tim Sheens at the helm for the club’s first season back in Super League, Donaldson was mainly an impact player, coming off the bench 16 times. With the club surviving their Qualifiers campaign, Donaldson left Hull KR before trialling with the Rhinos at the end of 2018.

 

Honours:

Challenge Cup: Finalist 2015

 

STATS

MINUTES PLAYED
575
METERS GAINED
689.9
CARRIES
80
AVERAGE GAIN
694.9
TACKLES
326
MARKER TACKLES
47
TACKLE BUSTS
11
MISSED TACKLES
6
CLEAN BREAKS
2
OFFLOADS
3
ERRORS
4
PENALTIES CONCEDED
0
DateOppositionTriesGoalsField GoalsYellow CardsRed CardsPoints
14/06/2019Wigan Warriors000000
07/06/2019Wakefield Trinity000000
26/05/2019London Broncos000000
16/05/2019Castleford Tigers000000
28/04/2019Hull Kingston Rovers000000
12/04/2019Workington Town000000
04/04/2019Hull Kingston Rovers000000
28/03/2019Castleford Tigers000000
15/03/2019London Broncos000000
08/03/2019Hull FC000000
01/03/2019Wakefield Trinity000000
17/02/2019Salford Red Devils000000
08/02/2019Wigan Warriors000000
02/02/2019Warrington Wolves000000
Total000000
DateOppositionTTATKMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFPYCRC
14/06/2019Wigan Warriors002230016396.50000000000
07/06/2019Wakefield Trinity002612007415.90000000000
26/05/2019London Broncos003221606518.51120001100
16/05/2019Castleford Tigers0034331010656.50000000000
28/04/2019Hull Kingston Rovers002662009576.30100001100
12/04/2019Workington Town0025422088310.41000000000
04/04/2019Hull Kingston Rovers002964006538.80000000000
28/03/2019Castleford Tigers001210003206.70000000000
15/03/2019London Broncos00110000177.00000000000
08/03/2019Hull FC002561009717.90110000100
01/03/2019Wakefield Trinity002310103237.70010001200
17/02/2019Salford Red Devils00621003258.30000000100
08/02/2019Wigan Warriors002740005377.40000000000
02/02/2019Warrington Wolves002880104205.00000000000
Total00326471611180592102.92340003600
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card
COMPETITION
APPEARANCES
TRIES
GOALS
DROP GOALS
POINTS
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 2018
4
7
10
-
-
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 2018
4
7
10
79
-
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 2018
4
7
10
35
-
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 2018
4
7
10
18
-