17 October 1991 |
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth|
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Zak Hardaker (Born Leeds. He can play on the Fullback, Wing, Stand-off/Five-eighth, and has most recently started playing as a Centre. He previously played for Featherstone Rovers in the Co-operative Championship, before joining Leeds at the end of the 2010 season.17 October 1991 ) is an English professional rugby league footballer for
- 1 Featherstone Rovers
- 2 Leeds Rhinos
- 3 2012: Number 4
- 4 2013 Season
- 5 2014 season
- 6 Stats
- 7 Honours
- 8 References
- 9 References
- 10 External links
2010: Breaking onto the scene
Hardaker joined Featherstone Rovers from local amateur side Featherstone Lions after leaving school at Carleton High School in Pontefract. He previously played for his home town club Knottingley Rockware before signing pro terms with Featherstone Rovers from junior club Featherstone Lions.
He scored a hat-trick of tries on his 2010 début for Featherstone Rovers against Hunslet, and went on to score 22-tries in 14-games in all competitions in his début season. This included two tries in Rovers extra-time 23-22 Co-operative Grand Final defeat by Halifax.
He was named joint Co-operative Championship Young Player of the Year, along with Batley's Gareth Moore.
2011: Signing for the Rhinos
Hardaker signed for the Rhinos in October 2010 for a transfer fee of around £60,000 and was awarded the number 27 jersey. He trained with the Rhinos senior squad during pre-season & made two appearances in pre-season friendlies, before returning to Rovers on a dual contract for the 2011 season.
Back to Featherstone Rovers
As part of the deal with Leeds, Hardaker rejoined the Featherstone Rovers where he was meant to play out the rest of the season to develop him more for First Grade football. While back at the club he scored 5 tries in 5 games.
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Recall to Leeds
In March 2011, due to injuries to Rhinos wingers Ben Jones-Bishop & Lee Smith, Hardaker was called back to the club & made his Super League début against St Helens at Headingley. Hardaker scored a try after some great handling but it was to no avail as the Rhinos went down 30-16. Arguably Hardaker's best match for Leeds was in the play off game against Huddersfield Giants, scoring a hat trick and picked up the man of the match award (playing in the centres) helping Leeds to a 34-28 victory. He also scored the final try in the 2011 Engage Super League Grand Final as Leeds defeated St Helens RLFC 32-16 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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In October 2011 Hardaker was named in the England Knights squad after impressing for the Rhinos throughout the season.
Additionally, fellow Leeds Rhino player Jamie Peacock in 2014 stated that Hardaker was the best full back in the world, a statement on par with comments such as the world is flat.
2012: Number 4
Hardaker was handed the number 4 jersey for the 2012 season, taking over from long time servant and Rhinos International Centre, Keith Senior. However, following injury to Brent Webb, he moved to fullback for the latter half of the season and showed excellent form as Leeds defended their Super League title. Hardaker made his England debut at fullback at the end of the season, and following Webb's departure from the club he has taken over as first-choice fullback for the 2013 season. He was awarded the 2012 Super League Young Player of the Year for his form 
In 2013 Hardaker led a 42-14 victory for Leeds over Salford in the Super League but suffered a broken thumb and ended up missing the World Club Challenge match against Melbourne Storm. After he recovered from the injury he played against England Knights and won 52-16. During the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which was after his win over Samoa, he and Tom Burgess played against Cardiff, Australia.
In the 2014 season, Zak Hardaker has scored 9 tries in 17 appearances so far. However his season has been overshadowed by the fact that he has been charged for a homophobic comment against Michael Monaghan who is Warrington Wolves' captain. He has issued an apology, but nevertheless received a 5 match ban and a £300 fine. It was the second time within 7 months which he has had to apologise, after getting a £2,500 fine for breaching team discipline in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
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- Against Super League opposition only
(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)
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Grand Final: 2
- "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Zak Hardaker Player Stats". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Leeds sign hottest prospect Zak Hardaker from Featherstone". The Guardian. 15 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Zak Hardaker hat-trick helps Leeds hold off Huddersfield's late charge". The Guardian. 23 September 2011. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Leeds suffer setback as Zak Hardaker is ruled out of World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm". The Telegraph. 18 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- Neil Barraclough (15 February 2013). "Leeds 42 Salford 14: Hardaker a major doubt for World Club Challenge after injury". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "RLWC2013: Hardaker bides time in pursuit of honours". Yorkshire Evening Post. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- James Riach (21 October 2013). "'Embarrassed' England can still sparkle, says Australia coach Tim Sheens". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- Ian Laybourn (11 June 2014). "Zak Hardaker vows to change after five-game ban for homophobic abuse during Leeds' defeat by Warrington". Mail Online (Daily Mail). Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- Ian Laybourn (5 June 2014). "Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker says sorry for homophobic slur at Warrington captain Michael Monaghan". Mail Online (Daily Mail). Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk