• Switch Edition
Follow
Shawn Mackay
Australia
player portrait
Full name Shawn Mackay
Born May 31, 1982
Died April 6, 2009, Durban (aged 26 years 310 days)
Major teams Brumbies
Height 1.96 m
Weight 104 kg
Profile

A lock or flanker, Shawn Mackay was born in Sydney, the son of Newtown and Eastern Suburbs rugby league player John Mackay, and spent time playing rugby league for the Sydney Roosters before switching codes to rugby union in 2004.

Mackay was an immediate hit with the Australia Sevens side from 2004, and was promoted to captain in his second season in union. At club level he represented the NSW Waratahs in each of their Australian Provincial Championship matches in 2006 toured the UK with their development squad later that year. Following his time with the Waratahs he joined Brisbane club University before winning a rookie contract with Super 14 side Brumbies in 2009.

In April 2009 Mackay was involved in a collision with a vehicle following the Brumbies' loss to the Sharks in Durban. After undergoing surgery for a broken leg, fractured skull and spinal damage Mackay died from complications arising from a blood infection, aged 26.

Scrum Staff

Latest Articles
Hoiles primed for new season (Jan 28, 2010) A line in the sand (Jan 4, 2010) Tough times for Australian rugby (Apr 27, 2009) Hundreds flood to Mackay funeral (Apr 15, 2009) Gutsy Brumbies deliver to honour Mackay (Apr 13, 2009) Shawn Mackay news and articles (8) »
Latest Photos
Apr 15, 2009
Mourners pack the street outside  Mary Immaculate Church in Sydney's eastern suburbs
Mourners pack the street outside Mary Immaculate Church in Sydney's eastern suburbs
©  Getty Images
Apr 15, 2009
Morgan Turinui and Matt Mackay embrace
Morgan Turinui and Matt Mackay embrace
©  Getty Images
Jan 22, 2009
Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay during training
Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay during training
©  Getty Images
Live Scores
Results
Fixtures