Ben Hannant

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Ben Hannant
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Personal information
Full name Benjamin Hannant
Born (1984-12-31) 31 December 1984 (age 30)
Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
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- North Queensland 8 0 0 0 0
Total 201 15 0 0 60
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 in Gold Coast, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the North Queensland Cowboys of the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop-forward, he previously played for the Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters.


While attending Palm-Beach Currumbin State High, Hannant played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2002.[1] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[citation needed]

Professional playing career[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 before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos for the 2006 season.


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.[2][3]


On 8 June 2009 it was announced that Hannant had contracted the H1N1 virus,[4] the first case in professional sports[5] 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.[6] 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.


Hannant missed the start of the 2011 Brisbane Broncos season with a calf injury but returned in Round 3 against the Titans.[7] 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.


On 7 October 2014, Hannant signed with the North Queensland Cowboys on a one year deal for the 2015 season.[8][9]