Shaun Berrigan

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Shaun Berrigan
Shaun Berrigan at an Raiders autograph session at Bolton Park (1).jpg
Berrigan in 2012
Personal information
Born (1978-11-04) 4 November 1978 (age 35)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position hooker, five-eighth, Halfback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–07 Brisbane Broncos 186 77 0 0 308
2008–10 Hull FC 74 12 0 0 48
2011 NZ Warriors 19 6 0 0 24
2012–13 Canberra Raiders 36 3 0 0 12
Total 315 98 0 0 392
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–07 Queensland 15 2 0 0 8
2004–07 Australia 14 2 1 0 10
As of 27 July 2013
Source: RLP

Shaun Berrigan (born 4 November 1978 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. A Queensland State of Origin and Australia national representative utility player, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos (with whom he won the 2000 and 2006 NRL Premierships), the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders. He also played in Super League for English club Hull FC. Brother of fellow professional, Barry, was a very versatile footballer, having played numerous games at hooker, Five-Eighth, halfback and centre, and playing in all positions for Australia, Queensland and Brisbane. Berrigan was a regular representative player, appearing twelve times in State of Origin for the Queensland Maroons and in five test matches for Australia. Berrigan, along with his brother Barry will play in the Toowoomba Rugby League completion for Dalby Diehards in the 2014 season.

Playing career[edit]

Brisbane Broncos[edit]

Berrigan, who is of Italian and German descent,[1][2][3] made his debut for the Brisbane Broncos in Round 11 of the 1998 NRL season against the Balmain Tigers, but did not play in the Broncos' grand final-winning team at the end of the season. Berrigan played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 2000 NRL Grand Final victory over the Sydney Roosters. Having won the 2000 NRL Premiership, the Broncos traveled to England to play against 2000's Super League V Champions, St Helens RLFC for the 2001 World Club Challenge, with Berrigan playing at five-eighth and scoring a try in Brisbane's loss. Berrigan's regular position was centre but he could play a number of back-line positions as well as hooker. Berrigan's versatility is evident in analysing the Queensland team for which Berrigan was the five-eighth for the entire 2002 State of Origin series. He played the entire 2003 State of Origin series at halfback for Queensland, who lost. He played in the centres for the 2004 State of Origin series. Berrigan was selected in the Australian team to go and compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Great Britain he played at centre in the Kangaroos' 44-4 victory.

Berrigan was then the top try-scorer for the 2005 Brisbane Broncos season scoring 19 tries. Berrigan played his 150th first grade game for the club in 2006. He started the year in the centre position but injuries to the Broncos' full-time hookers, Michael Ennis and Shaun's brother Barry, made coach Wayne Bennett move Berrigan to hooker. This turned out to be a success, with former great Peter Sterling saying that it bought a new dimension to the Broncos' game not seen for a while.[citation needed] He played so well at hooker in the Broncos' 2006 NRL Grand Final victory over Melbourne that he was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best on field.[4] Berrigan was superb from dummy-half, but also shut down Melbourne Storm super-star Greg Inglis for the entire match. He was later selected in the 2006 Tri-Nations side for Australia and played in the final which Australia won. In the 2006 and 2007 Origin series Berrigan has been the utility back for Queensland on the bench, playing the majority of these games as Hooker when Cameron Smith was off the field. 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. Berrigan played at hooker in the Broncos' 14-18 loss.

Berrigan was selected to play for the Australian national team from the interchange bench in the 2007 ANZAC Test match victory against New Zealand.[5] During the 2007 NRL season, at the Broncos' 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date which included Berrigan.[6] Berrigan's Brisbane contract ended at the end of the 2007 season.[7]

Hull FC[edit]

Berrigan signed a four-year deal with English Super League team and 2006 Grand Final runners up, Hull FC.[8] His contract commenced with the start of the 2008 season when he replaced Richard Swain, who retired from the game at the end of the 2007 season, thus freeing up a free quota space.[9]

Shaun Berrigan in action for Hull in 2008

In regards to the signing, Berrigan said "I have had a fantastic career at the Broncos, winning premierships, playing for Queensland and of course for Australia. I am really excited to be joining Hull and playing in the Super League and Challenge Cup. I am excited by their plans, I believe the club has a fantastic future and I am looking forward to being a part of it for the next 4 years".[10][11]

Berrigan scored his first try for new club Hull in Round 2 of 2008's Super League XIII. On 30 August Shaun Berrigan appeared for Hull at Wembley in the 2008 Challenge Cup Final. During his Hull career Berrigan continued to play at hooker.

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

At the start of 2011 Berrigan secured a release from Hull so he could move to be closer to his family following the death of his father in 2010. After being linked with the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, Berrigan signed a one-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors for the 2011 season. During the 2011 NRL season, Berrigan played from the bench and at centre, although he did not play during their grand final loss against Manly.[12]

Canberra Raiders[edit]

On 19 October 2011 the Canberra Raiders announced they had signed Berrigan on a one-year contract for the 2012 season with the option for an extension. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2013 NRL season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rugbyleague.com/rugby-league-news/german-rl-shines-in-the.html
  2. ^ Badel, Peter (2007-02-10). "Berrigan could go". The Sunday Mail (Qld). 
  3. ^ http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/berrigan-on-azzurris-radar-for-world-cup-20121027-28d1t.html
  4. ^ Stevenson, Andrew (2006-10-02). "Medal for the quiet achiever". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Digitaal). Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Anzac Test Match 2007". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Dekroo, Karl (2007-05-09). "Still the king". The Courier-Mail (Australia: Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-12-08. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Contracts not a distraction for Broncos". excerpt from Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  8. ^ "HULL FC SIGN AUSSIE SUPERSTAR". hullfc.com. 2007-06-14. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  9. ^ "HULL BOOSTED BY BERRIGAN CAPTURE". Sportinglife. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  10. ^ "Kangaroo Berrigan to join Hull FC". BBC. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  11. ^ "HULL FC SIGN SHAUN BERRIGAN". RLeague.com. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  12. ^ Former Kangaroo Berrigan Joins Warriors rleague.com, 9 January 2011

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Preceded by
Scott Prince (Wests Tigers)
Clive Churchill Medallist
2006
Succeeded by
Greg Inglis (Melbourne Storm)