|Full name||William James Harrigan|
24 May 1960 |
|1986–2003||National Rugby League||392|
|Source: Rugby League Tables|
Bill Harrigan (born 24 May 1960 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league football referee, and former head of refereeing for the National Rugby League. Unusually for a sports official, in his long career he was accorded the same profile as some of the top players he refereed. A policeman off-field before he resigned to concentrate on rugby league, he is widely recognised as one of Australia's greatest sports umpires. He is currently an NRL "video referee". He retired with the record for most State of Origin matches officiated.
William James "Bill" Harrigan was born in 1960 in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales). He resided in the south-west and greater western suburbs of Sydney for all of his childhood. After living briefly at a residence on Parramatta Road in Granville, he moved with his family at the age of four to Canley Heights. While not particularly interested in academic studies as school student, he nevertheless represented his schools with distinction in every sport that he could. Harrigan joined the NSW Police Force in 1979. He served extensively in numerous units, including the Tactical Response Group.
Rugby League career
Harrigan holds the following Australian rugby league refereeing records
- 392 first grade games,
- 21 State of Origin games,
- 25 Test matches, and
- 10 Grand finals (1989–1991,1997–2003)
After retiring from rugby league refereeing, Harrigan was a referee in Gladiators.
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- Harrigan, Bill; Lane, Daniel (2003). Harrigan. Sydney: Hoddler Headline. ISBN 0-7336-1742-5.
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- Image from the collection of the National Museum of Australia – Harrigan sends off Gorden Tallis during the 2000 "State of Origin" series