3 July 1984 |
Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (14 st 5 lb)|
|2007–2009||Manly Sea Eagles||20||8||0||0||32|
|As of 26 January 2012|
Michael Bani (born 3 July 1984 in Thursday Island, Queensland) is an Indigenous Australian professional rugby league player. He is currently contracted to the Canberra Raiders and has previously played in the National Rugby League (NRL) for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He is a full-back who can also play on the wing.
Bani was a late starter in rugby league, having first attempted to pursue a career in basketball. At the age of 21 he started playing in Queensland club competitions, before being picked up by the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2007. He made his NRL debut for Manly that year and made 20 first-grade appearances for the club, scoring eight tries. He joined the North Queensland Cowboys during the 2009 season in a swap that saw Ben Farrar move from the Cowboys to Manly. Bani's contract with the Cowboys expired at the end of the 2011 season. He signed for the Canberra Raiders for 2012. In 2014 he played for the Goulburn Workers.
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