Ben Hannant

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Benjamin Hannant (born 31 December 1984) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the North Queensland Cowboys of the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop-forward, he previously played for the Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters.

Biography

While attending Palm-Beach Currumbin State High, Hannant played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2002.[1] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[citation needed]

Professional playing career

Roosters

Hannant made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2005, playing a handful of games for the club. He played in the Roosters' Premier League grand final winning side before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos for the 2006 season.

Broncos

Benny Hannant in action for the Broncos against the Knights in 2008
In late 2005, Hannant moved to the Broncos for the 2006 season. He went on to play from the interchange bench in Brisbane's victory in the 2006 NRL Grand Final. The retirement of Shane Webcke following the grand final left some large shoes to be filled in the Broncos' front row. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens RLFC in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Hannant played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 14-18 loss.

Hannant was selected for the Queensland Maroons in 2008 and scored his first try in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium, which Queensland won 30–0. In May 2008, Hannant signed a three-year deal with Sydney based club, the Bulldogs, commencing in 2009.[2][3]

Bulldogs

On 8 June 2009 it was announced that Hannant had contracted the H1N1 virus,[4] the first case in professional sports[5] Hannant represented Australia on 25 October 2009 in Australia's opening 2009 Four Nations match against New Zealand in which Hannant played as the starting Prop. He also played in the tournament final on 13 November 2009 as the starting prop against England. It was a 46–16 win to Australia. Hannant's 2009 form drew praise from critics with New Zealand Warriors captain and representative prop Steve Price nominating Hannant as the best prop currently playing.[6] On 25 May 2010 it was announced Hannant would re-join the Broncos on a 4-year deal starting in 2011 after he was granted an early release by the Bulldogs.

Broncos

Hannant missed the start of the 2011 Brisbane Broncos season with a calf injury but returned in Round 3 against the Titans.[7] Hannant returned to form after a man of the match display against his former club and was selected in the Australia and Queensland representative teams where he played off the bench. The latter half of the season saw a drop in form for Hannant, resulting in exclusion from the Four Nations series. In 2012, Hannant opened the season strong with a man of the match performance against Parramatta.

Cowboys

On 7 October 2014, Hannant signed with the North Queensland Cowboys on a one year deal for the 2015 season.[8][9]

In Round 7 of the 2015 NRL season, Hannant played his 200th NRL game in the Cowboys 28-24 victory over the Warriors.

Achievements and accolades

Individual

Dally M Prop of the Year: 2009
Brisbane Broncos Most Improved: 2007

Statistics

NRL

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [10]
Denotes seasons in which Hannant won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2005 Sydney Roosters 8 0 0 0 0
2006 Broncos 23 0 0 0 0
2007 Broncos 23 2 0 0 8
2008 Broncos 23 3 0 0 12
2009 Canterbury 18 3 0 0 12
2010 Canterbury 19 0 0 0 0
2011 Broncos 20 2 0 0 8
2012 Broncos 22 2 0 0 8
2013 Broncos 16 1 0 0 4
2014 Broncos 21 2 0 0 8
2015* North Queensland 11 0 0 0 0
Career totals 204 15 0 0 60

* = Unfinished season

State of Origin

Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2008 Queensland 3 1 0 0 4
2009 Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
2010 Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2011 Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2012 Queensland 3 1 0 0 4
Career totals 12 2 0 0 0

International

Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2009 Australia 4 0 0 0 0
2011 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2012 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
Career totals 6 0 0 0 0

References

  1. "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=7-2130-0-0-0&sID=26424. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  2. Hannant signs NRL deal with Bulldogs – Breaking News – Sport – Breaking News. News.brisbanetimes.com.au (27 May 2008). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  3. "Hannant joins Dogs, with Ennis next target". LeagueHQ. 28 May 2008. http://www.leaguehq.com.au/news/news/hannant-joins-dogs-with-ennis-next/2008/05/27/1211654031499.html. Retrieved 2008-05-28. {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Dead link |date=__DATE__ |$B=[dead link] }}
  4. {{#invoke:Error|error|Invalid language code.|tag=}} Schweinegrippe: 1. Fall im Profi-Sport. Bild.de (10 December 2007). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  5. Forward Ben Hannant has swine flu{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Dead link |date=__DATE__ |$B=[dead link] }}
  6. "Maroons hardmen give their vote to Hannant". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 22 June 2009. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/maroons-hardmen-give-their-vote-to-hannant-20090622-ctkl.html. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  7. Margie McDonald (25 May 2010). "Ben Hannant returning home to Brisbane Broncos". The Australian. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/hannant-returning-home-to-broncos/story-e6frg7mf-1225871295164. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  8. http://www.nrl.com/ben-hannant-joins-cowboys-for-2015/tabid/10874/newsid/82427/default.aspx?cid=NRL_HP_Latest
  9. http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/oneyear-deal-ben-hannant-agrees-to-terms-with-north-queensland-cowboys/story-fniabn55-1227082541902
  10. Ben Hannant's player profile at Rugby League Project

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