Harrison Hansen : biography
Harrison Hansen (born 26 October 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for Wigan of Super League. A Samoa and New Zealand international representative forward, he has played his entire professional career to date with Wigan.
Harrison continued his development by being promoted to the first team setup for Super League IX. He made his first team debut in Terry O'Connor's Testimonial match against London Broncos. He went on to make six substitute appearances in the season.
In 2005, Harrison became a more established first team regular in the second row, partly due to the departure of Andy Farrell and injuries to Sean O'Loughlin and Gareth Hock. He signed a new 2-year contract with the club in April 2005. He agreed a new 4 year deal with Wigan on 14 November 2006 keeping him at the club until 2010.
Hansen's 2011's Super League XVI started with a try against St Helens during the season-opening Magic Weekend event, which was followed up with another try against Bradford the week after. Hansen scored again in Round 3's match against Salford, however in Round 12 during a victory against Wakefield Trinity, he suffered an injury which would keep him out of action for at least a month.
Hansen played for Wigan in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final at second-row forward, helping defeat Leeds 28-18.
Harrison has already gained representative honours when he was included in the Super League U21s team to face National League U21s during 2003.
He was included in the 2003 England Academy squad to face the Australian Institute of Sport, scoring tries in both matches of England 2-0 Series victory.
Selected for the 2004 Academy Origin Series and the 2004 England Academy U-18s tour to Australia.
In 2006 he was called up into the New Zealand squad for the mid season international against Great Britain, Hansen is eligible to player for New Zealand because he was born there but also eligible to play for Great Britain and England because he is a British citizen.
He was part of the Samoan squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup. therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009
Kiwi forward Harrison is the son of ex Salford and Swinton professional Shane Hansen and is a product of the Folly Lane ARLFC who play at the Blue Ribbon Field, Swinton. Hansen attended the same Swinton school, Moorside High School, as Manchester United's Ryan Giggs. He is of Samoan, Chinese and Scottish descent.http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/oct/30/rugbyleagueworldcup2008-tongarugbyleagueteam
He impressed in Wigan's Academy setup and was signed on a new two-year deal in July 2003. Head coach of the time Stuart Raper said: "Harrison has impressed me this season in the Under 21s and he is another quality young player to come through the ranks joining the likes of Luke Robinson, Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown."
Rugby Executive Dean Bell commented, "Harrison possess all the right qualities to become a regular first grade player, he has come through our scholarship system and has been outstanding in our Under 21 side this season. His signing reinforces the Wigan club's ongoing commitment in developing and promoting our young players."
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