Dominic Shipperley (born 4 January 1991) is a retired professional rugby union footballer who played for the Australian national team in both test rugby and rugby sevens. In Super Rugby, he played four seasons with the Queensland Reds from 2011 to 2014, and a further two seasons for the Melbourne Rebels. His regular playing position was wing.
|Birth name||Dominic Shipperley|
|Date of birth||4 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)|
|School||St Joseph's College, Nudgee|
|Rugby union career|
Shipperley was born in Redcliffe, Queensland. He attended St Joseph's College, Nudgee and in 2008 received an OP1 which is the highest possible mark that can be achieved in the Queensland Certificate of Education. He played for the Australian Schoolboys rugby team in 2008, and with the Brothers club in Brisbane.
Shipperley was selected for the Australian Sevens squad during the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series, playing in the Wellington, Adelaide, and Hong Kong tournaments in the team which finished the series in third place.
As a member of the Australia under 20 team that competed in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, he scored a hat-trick of tries in the team's win against South Africa, with Australia finishing runner-up in the tournament. He was also selected for the Under 20s squad in 2011, but did not travel to the tournament due to his Super Rugby commitments with the Queensland Reds.
Shipperley made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds during the 2011 Super Rugby season against the Hurricanes. His breakthrough year came in 2012, beginning in the first game of the Reds' season with his last-minute match winning try against the Waratahs. A 75-metre sprint beating six defenders to score ended a nine-year losing drought for the Reds in Sydney and earned Shipperley the Super Rugby Try of the Year accolade. He started in all 17 matches for the Reds in 2012, and won the Most Improved Player award for the Reds.
Later in 2012 Shipperley received a starting Test debut for Australia against South Africa for the match in Perth after an injury forced out winger Drew Mitchell. He went on to gain two further caps in the 2012 Rugby Championship.
In June 2014 he signed a two-year deal to join the Melbourne Rebels beginning in 2015. A few weeks later, while playing for the Reds against the Rebels, he suffered a badly fractured and dislocated ankle requiring surgery. Shipperley managed to recover from that injury for the Rebels' opening game of the season, however, playing in a famous 20–10 away win against the Crusaders in Christchurch, He went on to score four tries from twelve Super Rugby matches in 2015.
Shipperley continued his good form for the Rebels in 2016, but missed the second half of the Super Rugby season due to a knee injury. Later that year he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during the 2016 National Rugby Championship semi-final, forcing him out of all rugby for 2017.
He was initially included in the Rebels' extended playing squad for 2018, and played in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens before a further knee injury prompted his retirement from rugby in the early part of the 2018 season.
Super Rugby statisticsEdit
- As of 15 July 2018
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- "Rebels-bound Shipperley joins Reds exodus". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Cronin, Andrew (30 June 2015). "Rebels-bound winger Dom Shipperley set for long stint on sidelines following ankle surgery". The Courier Mail. News. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
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- Ward, Roy (19 April 2016). "Melbourne Rebels winger Dom Shipperley out for season with knee injury". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "Shipperley dumps asterisk for pre-season return" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 1 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "Melbourne Rebels v Qld Reds Official Program". Melbourne Rebels. 23 February 2018. pp. 9–11. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
- "Rebels Shipperley calls time on career". Special Broadcasting Service. 24 March 2018. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.