Leon MacDonald

Leon MacDonald

Leon MacDonald
Full name Leon Raymond MacDonald
Date of birth (1977-12-21) 21 December 1977
Place of birth Blenheim, New Zealand
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
School Marlborough Boys' College
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union footballer/Rugby Union coach
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback, Centre (rugby union), first five-eighth
New Zealand No. 995
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Yamaha Jubilo
Kintetsu Liners
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–2003, 2005–09
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–03, 2005–08
 New Zealand
New Zealand Māori

Leon Raymond MacDonald (born 21 December 1977) is a retired New Zealand rugby union footballer, and now assistant coach for the Tasman makos rugby team, who played 56 tests for the national team, All Blacks.[1] He played as a first five-eighth (fly-half), Centre (rugby union), and fullback.


  • Career 1
    • Japan 1.1
  • Cricket 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born in Blenheim, MacDonald made his provincial debut for Marlborough against Buller in 1994. He played 122 matches for the Crusaders and seven for the Chiefs in the Super 14,[2] and played for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship. He was a prodigious goal kicker. He is rare among New Zealand exported players, because he played even better after his return from Japan. In 2008, Sky Sport's Reunion awarded him the Crusader's MVP title for their Super 14 title-winning season.

He played for Burnside in the Christchurch premier competition. He made his All Blacks debut age 22, versus Scotland in 2000. He scored a total of 141 test points (14 tries, 25 conversions, 7 penalties) in the 56 tests he played. He has also appeared for New Zealand Māori, playing three games and scoring 10 points, including the winning try against the British and Irish Lions in 2005 in Hamilton.[3]

In the 2003 Rugby World Cup, he was shifted from fullback to centre by All Blacks backline coach Robbie Deans. This proved to be a failure, and was the last time he was ever to be played at centre. In 2005, he was shifted to first five-eighth during the Tri-Nations by All Blacks backline coach to cover for the injured Daniel Carter.


In 2004 season, MacDonald played for Yamaha Jubilo in Japan.[4] He played for Kintetsu Liners in Japan in the 2009–2010 season.[1] In 2010 he announced his immediate retirement from rugby, after failing to recover from a long-term injury. It was also announced in 2010 that MacDonald would become an assistant coach for the Tasman Makos for the 2010 season.


He has also played for Marlborough in the Hawke Cup when they won it in the 1993–94 season.[4]


  1. ^ a b Knowler, Richard (27 January 2010). "MacDonald confirmed in coach role". The Press. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rugby: MacDonald to help coach Tasman". The New Zealand Herald. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Boughey, Steve (11 June 2005). "NZ Maori create history in Hamilton". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Smith, Louise (19 June 2005). "Orient Express is back on track". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 

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