- 26 Age
- 110kg Weight
- 194cm Height
Born in Dubbo but raised in Coonamble, Ned Hanigan is a product of Sydney’s famed rugby nursery - St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill. Selection for the Australian schools side was followed by employment as a stablehand and handler for horse trainer Gai Waterhouse. At the same time Hanigan joined the Randwick club and studied science at the University of New South Wales before being chosen for the 2015 U20s World Championship.
The following season, Hanigan made his Super Rugby debut for New South Wales, but his breakout year came in 2017. An impressive Waratahs season saw Hanigan chosen to make his debut in the opening Test, against Fiji in Melbourne and he went on to collect 12 caps and the Rookie of the Year Award.
A hardworking backrower, Hanigan has overcome recent knee injuries and an enforced concussion layoff to force his way back into the Wallaby squad for the 2020 Rugby Championship.2013Represented Australian Schools against Fijian U18s and New Zealand Schools.
He then won selection in each of the four “internationals” of the Australian Schools tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland. 2015Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the eighth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Italy.
Hanigan won his first Test cap as a blindside flanker in the run-on XV against Fiji in Melbourne. He earned 12 caps throughout the year but suffered a setback on the Spring Tour when he was forced to return home after he injured his knee in the 6-30 loss to England at Twickenham.
He collected a total of eight caps from the Wallabies’ 13 internationals. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto’s decision to withdraw from Wallabies duty following the first Test against Argentina opened the door for Hanigan to pick up his three starting caps for the year in the final two matches of The Rugby Championship and the third Bledisloe in Yokohama.