25
Position
Loose Forward
Heritage Number
1442

BIOGRAPHY

Honours:

Challenge Cup: Winner 2020; Finalist 2015

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. He went on to play 25 times throughout the course of the season.

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.

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SeasonCompetitionGamesTriesGoalsDrop GoalsYellow CardsRed CardsPoints
2021Challenge Cup1000000
10 Apr 14:30St Helens VS Leeds Rhinos000000
2021Super League15100004
02 May 15:00Huddersfield Giants VS Leeds Rhinos000000
15 Apr 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Wigan Warriors000000
23 Apr 18:00Hull Kingston Rovers VS Leeds Rhinos000000
23 May 19:30Leeds Rhinos VS Hull FC000000
28 May 19:45Castleford Tigers VS Leeds Rhinos000000
16 Jul 18:15Catalans Dragons VS Leeds Rhinos000000
27 Jun 13:00Salford Red Devils VS Leeds Rhinos000000
01 Jul 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Leigh Centurions100004
05 Jul 19:45Warrington Wolves VS Leeds Rhinos000000
09 Jul 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Catalans Dragons000000
23 Jul 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Salford Red Devils000000
29 Jul 19:45Hull FC VS Leeds Rhinos000000
01 Aug 19:30Leeds Rhinos VS Warrington Wolves000000
02 Apr 15:00Leeds Rhinos VS Castleford Tigers000000
27 Mar 15:00Wakefield Trinity VS Leeds Rhinos000000
Total16100004
SeasonCompetitionGamesTriesGoalsDrop GoalsYellow CardsRed CardsPoints
2020Super League133000012
13 Nov 19:45Catalans Dragons VS Leeds Rhinos000000
02 Aug 18:30Huddersfield Giants VS Leeds Rhinos000000
01 Nov 14:00Wakefield Trinity VS Leeds Rhinos000000
11 Sep 20:15Leeds Rhinos VS Huddersfield Giants000000
24 Sep 14:45Hull Kingston Rovers VS Leeds Rhinos100004
26 Oct 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Castleford Tigers000000
23 Oct 19:45St Helens VS Leeds Rhinos000000
08 Oct 19:45Hull FC VS Leeds Rhinos100004
05 Mar 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Toronto Wolfpack000000
28 Feb 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Warrington Wolves000000
22 Feb 14:00Salford Red Devils VS Leeds Rhinos000000
14 Feb 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Hull Kingston Rovers100004
02 Feb 16:45Leeds Rhinos VS Hull FC000000
2020Challenge Cup3000000
17 Oct 15:00Leeds Rhinos VS Salford Red Devils000000
03 Oct 14:30Leeds Rhinos VS Wigan Warriors000000
18 Sep 20:15Leeds Rhinos VS Hull Kingston Rovers000000
Total163000012
SeasonCompetitionGamesTriesGoalsDrop GoalsYellow CardsRed CardsPoints
2019Challenge Cup2000000
12 Apr 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Workington Town000000
02 Aug 19:45Huddersfield Giants VS Leeds Rhinos000000
2019Super League23100104
13 Sep 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Warrington Wolves000000
01 Sep 15:00London Broncos VS Leeds Rhinos000000
09 Aug 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Catalans Dragons000000
15 Aug 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS St Helens000000
07 Jul 15:30Castleford Tigers VS Leeds Rhinos000000
12 Jul 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Hull Kingston Rovers000000
21 Jun 19:45St Helens VS Leeds Rhinos000100
30 Jun 15:00Leeds Rhinos VS Catalans Dragons000000
07 Jun 19:45Wakefield Trinity VS Leeds Rhinos000000
14 Jun 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Wigan Warriors000000
16 May 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Castleford Tigers000000
26 May 15:30Leeds Rhinos VS London Broncos000000
28 Apr 15:00Leeds Rhinos VS Hull Kingston Rovers000000
19 Apr 15:00Leeds Rhinos VS Huddersfield Giants100004
22 Apr 15:00Wakefield Trinity VS Leeds Rhinos000000
04 Apr 19:45Hull Kingston Rovers VS Leeds Rhinos000000
28 Mar 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Castleford Tigers000000
08 Mar 19:45Hull FC VS Leeds Rhinos000000
15 Mar 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS London Broncos000000
17 Feb 15:00Salford Red Devils VS Leeds Rhinos000000
01 Mar 19:45Leeds Rhinos VS Wakefield Trinity000000
02 Feb 17:15Warrington Wolves VS Leeds Rhinos000000
08 Feb 19:45Wigan Warriors VS Leeds Rhinos000000
Total25100104
GamesTriesGoalsDrop GoalsYellow CardsRed CardsPoints
Total575001020