Andrew Henderson (rugby league)

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Not to be confused with Andrew Henderson (rugby union).
Andrew Henderson
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Personal information
Born (1979-06-17) June 17, 1979 (age 35)
Torquay, Devon, England
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001 Salford City Reds
2002–2010 Barrow Raiders 83 25 100
2004 Balmain Tigers 26 10 0 40
2005–2008 Castleford Tigers 115 22 0 0 88
2009 Gateshead Thunder 26 7 0 0 28
2010– Sheffield Eagles 102 19 0 0 76
Total 352 83 0 0 332
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–2013 Scotland 22 2 0 0 8
As of 1 October 2013

Andrew Henderson (born 17 June 1979 in Torquay, Devon) is an English Professional rugby league footballer for Sheffield Eagles. A Scotland international representative hooker, he previously played for Gateshead Thunder, Castleford Tigers, Balmain Tigers, Salford and Barrow.

Henderson began his professional career in England in 2001 with super league side Salford City Reds. With limited opportunies there, Henderson moved to Northern Ford Premiership club Barrow Raiders for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He captained the raiders for the 2003 season. Soon after, Super League side Widnes Vikings snapped up Henderson for a trial period, in which he featured for them in the 2004 Sydney World Sevens tournament, and a match against the Wests Tigers. He failed to agree a deal and subsequently joined the Wests Tigers, captaining their premier league side Balmain Tigers.

Henderson joined Castleford Tigers in 2005 and was made captain by then coach Dave Woods gaining promotion to the super league. He lost the captaincy for the 2006 super league season. In 2007 he was made captain again by Terry Matterson for the NL1 campaign and again the club gained promotion. In 2008 Henderson lost the captaincy again for super league. This was to be his final season for Castleford after himself and the club failed to come to an agreement over a new deal. Henderson wanted to stay and made it clear to the fans in the final game of the season. The Castleford fans also wanted Henderson to stay and in the final home game the fans sung his name and chanted 'Sign him on!' Henderson, along with brother Kevin were set to take the Rugby Football League to court over rules changes to the current quota system, which they felt would affect their super league careers. He signed for Championship side Gateshead Thunder soon after. Henderson spent only one season with Gateshead even though he had signed for 2 years. The Club were faced with financial problems and a shareholders dispute. This forced Henderson to look elsewhere and he joined Championship winners Barrow Raiders in the 2009 close season on a 2 year deal. Following a contract dispute with Barrow he signed for Sheffield Eagles towards the end of the 2010 season. He has since signed a new contract with Sheffield until 2012 in a playing/coaching role at the club.

The Hendersons are a Scottish family and all three brothers play for Scotland at international level. Henderson began his International career in 2003 featuring in the European Nations Cup. He has gone on to play 6 games in this competition between 2003 and 2005. He made 1 appearance in the world cup qualifiers against Wales in 2007, before going on to appear in all 3 World Cup Finals matches held in Australia in 2008. Henderson recently became the highest capped player ever for Scotland after making 3 appearances in the 2009 European Cup taking his total to 13.[1][2][3]

All three brothers featured in the Scotland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

In 2010 Henderson represented Scotland in the Alitalia European Cup earning another 3 caps.

In 2011 Henderson represented Scotland in the Autumn Test series against Ireland and France.


  1. ^ "Scotland call up Super League six". BBC Sport. 2005-09-26. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Robertson ready for Scotland". Sportinglife. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Robertson set for kilt call-up". Fox Sports. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Henderson trio in Scots cup squad". BBC. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 

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