Ian Henderson (rugby league)

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Ian Henderson
Ian Henderson Auckland.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 34)
Torquay, Devon, England
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–04 Sydney Roosters 7 1 0 0 4
2005 Parramatta Eels 1 0 0 0 0
2005–07 Bradford Bulls 76 14 0 0 56
2008–10 New Zealand Warriors 65 8 0 0 32
2011–15 Catalans Dragons 129 14 1 0 58
2016 Sydney Roosters 3 0 0 0 0
Total 281 37 1 0 150
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–13 Scotland 8 0 0 0 8
As of 8 August 2015
Source: [2][3]

Ian Henderson (born 23 April 1983 in Torquay, England) is a retired professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. A Scotland international hooker, his brothers, Andrew Henderson and Kevin, are also international rugby league players.

Early years[edit]

Henderson was born in England but his family later moved to the Central Coast of Australia and he attended Terrigal High School.

Playing career[edit]


He made his National Rugby League premiership debut for the Sydney Roosters against the Parramatta Eels in round 1 of the 2003 NRL season. After two years at the Roosters he moved to Parramatta, however did not achieve more game time and left halfway through the 2005 NRL season.


Henderson signed with the Bradford Bulls in 2005, where he made a massive impact in helping Bradford win the championship. He played for the Bulls at hooker in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against the Leeds Rhinos. As Super League champions, Bradford played National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Henderson started at hooker in the Bulls' 30-10 victory. With the arrival of Terry Newton, Henderson found it hard to gain selection into the Bulls starting team.[citation needed] On 23 June 2007, the New Zealand Warriors announced they had signed Henderson for two years.[4][5] The Hendersons are a Scottish family and all three brothers have played for Scotland at international level.[6][7][8]

Henderson in 2011

New Zealand[edit]

Henderson made his debut for the Warriors in round 1 2008, playing against the Melbourne Storm. While a Warriors player, Henderson said Castleford, West Yorkshire was the worst place he had lived. He said that residents have rotten teeth, spend too much time drinking and need a bath.[9] All three Henderson brothers featured in the Scotland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[10] In May 2009 the Warriors announced they had re-signed him until the end of the 2011 season.[11]

Henderson (right) and Danny Brough playing for Scotland in 2013 Rugby League World Cup game against Italy.

On the 23 August, it was announced by the Warriors that they had released Henderson from the final year of his contract so he could sign a three-year deal with the Catalans Dragons in the Super League starting in 2011.[12]


Henderson joined the Dragons in 2011. Henderson was again part of Scotland's 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign.

Return to Australia[edit]

On 3 August 2015, Henderson announced his return to Australia to play for his former club, the Sydney Roosters, in 2016. Henderson's move back to the NRL ended his five-year stay in France.[13]

On 17 March 2016, Henderson suffered a broken leg in the Roosters' 0-40 defeat by the North Queensland Cowboys.[14] This eventually lead him to announcing his retirement from rugby league later in the year.


  1. ^ "Catalans Dragons Equipe Saison 2015". Catalans Dragons site officiel. Catalans Dragons S.A.S.P. 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ RLP
  3. ^ Love Rugby League
  4. ^ "Henderson set to leave Bradford". BBC. 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Henderson to Quit Bulls". SportingLife. 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  6. ^ "Scotland call up Super League six". BBC Sport. 2005-09-26. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Robertson ready for Scotland". Sportinglife. 2008-05-30. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Robertson set for kilt call-up". Fox Sports. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Rugby star slams 'bad teeth' town". BBC News Online. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Henderson trio in Scots cup squad". BBC. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  11. ^ Henderson re-signs with Warriors AAP, 14 May 2009
  12. ^ "Henderson bids adieu to Warriors". Television New Zealand. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ian Henderson to leave Catalans join Sydney Roosters". Sky Sports. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  14. ^ Smith, Adam (17 March 2016). "Former Catalans star Ian Henderson suffers gruesome leg break playing for the Sydney Roosters during loss to North Queensland". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

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