Daryl Halligan

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Daryl Halligan
Daryl Halligan 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Daryl John Halligan
Nickname Chook
Born (1966-07-25) 25 July 1966 (age 50)
Waikato, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Rugby union
Position Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–90 Waikato 56 32 97 360
Rugby league
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–93 North Sydney 64 23 225 2 544
1994–00 Canterbury Bulldogs 166 57 630 2 1490
Total 230 80 855 4 2034
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–98 New Zealand 20 4 60 1 137
Source: [1]

Daryl John Halligan (born 25 July 1966[2] in Waikato, New Zealand) is a rugby league football commentator and former professional player. A New Zealand international winger, he was the pre-eminent goal-kicker of his era, retiring as the highest point scorer in Australian premiership history. Halligan played club football in Australia for the North Sydney Bears and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, winning the 1995 ARL Premiership with the latter. Before switching to the professional code of rugby league, Halligan played amateur rugby union for Waikato. He played on the wing for the Canterbury Bulldogs in their loss in the 1998 NRL grand final to the Brisbane Broncos.

In rugby league, Halligan was renowned as a fine goalkicker, his 855 first grade goals coming at an impressive 80% success rate. Halligan is noted for revolutionising goal-kicking by using a plastic tee from which to kick, instead of the old method where kickers would set the ball upon a mound of sand or earth.[3] He has since worked to design the popular "Supertee" line of kicking tees, used by top kickers in both codes of rugby across the world.

In 2000 Halligan became the first person to score 2,000 points in the NRL. That same year he overtook Mick Cronin's record for the most points scored in an NSWRFL career (1,971) - a record which had stood since 1986; Halligan's eventual total of 2,034 was bettered by Jason Taylor in 2001. Halligan also scored 80 tries, and kicked 4 field goals to amass that total.

Halligan is currently a commentator with Sky Network Television in New Zealand.


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Matt Logue. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (23 April 2008): 30–31. 
  3. ^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1. 

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Preceded by
Mick Cronin (1985)
Most points in an NRL career [1]

2000 (1,972) - 2001 (2,034)
Succeeded by
Jason Taylor (2001)

  1. ^ Heads, Ian and Middleton, David (2008) A Centenary of Rugby League, MacMillan Sydney