|Nickname||Ice Man, Heck, Dan-Bear|
27 October 1979 |
Camden, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||109 kg (17 st 2 lb)|
|2000–01||St George Illawarra||4||0||0||0||0|
|As of 26 June 2009|
|Source: Rugby League Project|
Daniel Heckenberg (born 27 October 1979 in Camden, New South Wales) is an Australian rugby league player. He currently plays as a Prop for Harlequins Rugby League in the European Super League and is also a Scottish international.
Heckenberg began his rugby career at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, a school renowned for producing young rugby league players. He first played internationally as part of the Australian Schoolboys team in a match against the BARLA Young Lions. After his graduation he played for a short while as an amateur for the Eagle Vale-St Andrews junior side.
He began his professional career at National Rugby League side St. George Illawarra Dragons, progressing through the youth team and earning his first grade debut in 2000. In the same year, Heckenberg made his first appearance as a Scottish international, participating in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. He moved club in 2002, joining the Parramatta Eels, before changing team again in 2004, this time playing with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He provided much defensive support for the Sea Eagles and was held in high esteem by his peers at the club.
His performances led to a transfer to Super League side Harlequins and he soon became an important part of the team's defensive game. Heckenberg confirmed his first grade place in the beginning of his second year at the club but suffered a severe shoulder injury in a match against Bradford Bulls in May, bringing his 2007 Super League XII campaign to an end. Harlequins coach Brian McDermott described Heckenberg as a hard worker and an integral part of the team. Heckenberg underwent surgery in June to correct the problem but when he returned from injury for 2008's Super League XIII he again suffered a setback. He dislocated his shoulder in training in March 2008, resulting in a six week absence from the team.
|National Rugby League||St. George Illawarra Dragons||2000–01||4||0|
|National Rugby League||Parramatta Eels||2002–03||40||1|
|National Rugby League||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||2004–05||34||2|
|Super League||Harlequins RL||2006||25||1|
|Super League||Harlequins RL||2007||14||2|
- All information taken from Harlequins RL 2008 Club Guide.
- "Harlequins RL Official Club Guide 2008 - Player Profiles". Harlequins Rugby League. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.[dead link]
- Walker, Gareth (28 May 2007). "Quins fall for Vainikolo's trick". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "Heckenberg out with shoulder injury". Harlequins Rugby League. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
- "Fresh injury blow for Harlequins". BBC Sport. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "Henderson trio in Scots cup squad". BBC. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- "Teams - Scotland". 2008 Rugby League World Cup Official site. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "Heckenberg out of the World Cup". Quins. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.