Ben Hannant

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Ben Hannant
Benny Hannant.JPG
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Hannant
Nickname Polar Bear[1]
Born (1984-12-31) 31 December 1984 (age 31)
Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Sydney Roosters 8 0 0 0 0
2006–08 Brisbane Broncos 70 5 0 0 20
2009–10 Canterbury Bulldogs 37 3 0 0 12
2011–14 Brisbane Broncos 78 7 0 0 28
2015–16 North Queensland 52 0 0 0 0
Total 245 15 0 0 60
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–12 Queensland 12 2 0 0 8
2009–12 Australia 6 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Benjamin Hannant (born 31 December 1984) is a retired Australian professional rugby league footballer. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop-forward, he previously played for the North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters in the NRL. Hannant is a two-time premiership winner, with the Broncos in 2006 and the Cowboys in 2015.

Background[edit]

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Hannan played his junior rugby league for the Burleigh Bears. In 2002, while attending Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, he represented the Australian Schoolboys team.[2] As of November 2016, Hannant co-hosts Gold Coast's SEA FM Breakfast show.

Playing career[edit]

Roosters[edit]

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 in 2004 before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos for the 2006 season.

Broncos[edit]

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.[3][4]

Bulldogs[edit]

On 8 June 2009 it was announced that Hannant had contracted the H1N1 virus,[5] the first case in professional sports[6] 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.[7] 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.

Return to Broncos[edit]

Hannant missed the start of the 2011 Brisbane Broncos season with a calf injury but returned in Round 3 against the Titans.[8] 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[edit]

On 7 October 2014, Hannant signed with the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal for the 2015 season.[9][10]

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

Hannant came off the bench for the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Grand Final against the Brisbane Broncos, and played 38 minutes in the Cowboys' 17-16 Premiership win.[11]

On 21 February 2016, Hannant was a member of the Cowboys' World Club Challenge winning side, coming off the bench in the side's 38-4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.

In November 2016, it was announced Hannant had re-signed with North Queensland on a one-year-contract extension. Two weeks later, on the 17th of November, he was forced to retire due to a chronic knee injury. Despite the injury and forced retirement, Hannant was quite durable for the Cowboys in his two seasons with the club. Out of a possible 55 games, Hannant played 52 - including the 17-16 win against the Brisbane Broncos in the 2015 NRL Grand Final.

Achievements and accolades[edit]

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

Statistics[edit]

NRL[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season [12]
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 Brisbane 23 0 0 0 0
2007 Brisbane 23 2 0 0 8
2008 Brisbane 23 3 0 0 12
2009 Canterbury 18 3 0 0 12
2010 Canterbury 19 0 0 0 0
2011 Brisbane 20 2 0 0 8
2012 Brisbane 22 2 0 0 8
2013 Brisbane 16 1 0 0 4
2014 Brisbane 21 2 0 0 8
2015 North Queensland 28 0 0 0 0
2016 North Queensland 24 0 0 0 0
Career totals 245 15 0 0 60

State of Origin[edit]

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[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Hannant is one of 11 children and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.[13] Hannant and his wife Emma have six children, three sons and three daughters.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Michael (14 November 2014). "Ben Hannant nicknamed the. Polar Bear ready to swealter at North queensland Cowboys". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ Hannant signs NRL deal with Bulldogs – Breaking News – Sport – Breaking News Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. News.brisbanetimes.com.au (27 May 2008). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  4. ^ "Hannant joins Dogs, with Ennis next target". LeagueHQ. 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  5. ^ (German) Schweinegrippe: 1. Fall im Profi-Sport. Bild.de (10 December 2007). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  6. ^ Forward Ben Hannant has swine flu[dead link]
  7. ^ "Maroons hardmen give their vote to Hannant". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  8. ^ Margie McDonald (25 May 2010). "Ben Hannant returning home to Brisbane Broncos". The Australian. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  9. ^ http://www.nrl.com/ben-hannant-joins-cowboys-for-2015/tabid/10874/newsid/82427/default.aspx?cid=NRL_HP_Latest
  10. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/oneyear-deal-ben-hannant-agrees-to-terms-with-north-queensland-cowboys/story-fniabn55-1227082541902
  11. ^ https://matchcentre.nrl.com/match/2015/111/20151113010/#player-stats 2015 NRL Grand Final Match Centre
  12. ^ Ben Hannant's player profile at Rugby League Project
  13. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/state-of-origin/the-spiritual-road-less-travelled-20110518-1esq4.html
  14. ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/ben-hannant-ready-for-new-lease-of-rugby-league-career-following-the-arrival-of-his-family-to-townsville/story-fnjfzprw-1227185943010

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