Born: 26 October, 1985 – Auckland
Test record: 1 Test (2006) – 0 points
A veteran of more than 400 club games for Wigan, Salford, Leigh, Widnes and Toulouse in a remarkable two-decade career, tireless Auckland-born forward Harrison Hansen played one Test for New Zealand in 2006.
The son of former Auckland and New Zealand XIII rep Shane Hansen, who also had stints with Salford and Swinton, he was brought up in England and came through Wigan’s academy before graduating to the Warriors’ Super League team in 2004 at just 18 years of age.
Hansen, and England youth rep, was still only 20 when he chosen on the bench in a Kiwis side largely made up of Super League players that went down to Great Britain 46-14 at St Helens midway through 2006.
Though that fixture was the extent of his Kiwis involvement, Hansen turned out for Samoa from 2007-10 – including in all three matches of the island nation’s 2008 World Cup campaign and in a Test match against New Zealand two years later. He was set to captain Samoa at the 2013 World Cup following Roy Asotasi’s withdrawal, but injury also forced Hansen out the tournament.
Hansen’s 10-season tenure in the Wigan team included Super League grand final triumphs in 2010 and 2013, moving to Salford after the latter. Stints with Leigh (2016-18), Widnes (2018-19) and Toulouse (2020-23).