One of nine players within the NSW Waratahs born and bred in country NSW, lock Ned Hanigan is an exciting prospect for the Tahs in 2017.
After impressing coaches in his first pre-season with the Tahs this time last year, was hurled straight from the extended playing squad to the core team and was one of the ten Tahs who made their Super Rugby debut for NSW this year.
The Coonamble-born lock received his chance in round 11 against the Cheetahs, backing that up with a standout season for the NSW Country Eagles in the Buildcorp NRC.
Hanigan scored four tries in six games for the Eagles before suffering an ankle injury against his Queensland Country counterparts in the team’s only recorded loss within the regular season.
After spending the business end of the NRC season in a moon boot, watching as his country teammates made it all the way to the big dance in Tamworth against the Perth Spirit, Hanigan is back on the park having fully recovered, ready for his next opportunity with the Tahs in 2017.
Born in Dubbo, Hanigan left his nearby hometown of Coonamble in central west NSW when he was 12 to attend Sydney’ rugby nursery, St. Joseph’s College having never played rugby in his life. It was there that his love for the game ensued and his talent started to become apparent, and he was soon selected to represented his country with the Australian Schoolboys on their 2013 Grand Slam European tour.
In February 2014 Hanigan started boarding at UNSW’s Goldstein College, where he studies science, together with current Waratahs teammate Andrew Deegan, both on partial scholarships from the Randwick Rugby Club. He played in Randwick’s Premiership-winning Colts side and NSW Under 20s in 2014. He also worked for Gai Waterhouse as a stable hand and handler for her horses.
Hanigan played again in the NSW Under 20s in 2015, before making the cut once more for the Australian Under 20s where he was considered one of the team’s best. In what was an impressive year for the then 20-year-old, Hanigan received interest from the Melbourne Rebels, but decided to take his home state’s call.
After a breakout season for the Tahs in 2017, Ned was included in Michael Cheika's Wallabies squad for the June Test series and went on to earned his first Test cap against Fiji in Melbourne.
Last updated: 9/01/2017