Les Hanigan

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Les Hanigan
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Collegians (IRL)
1967–72 Manly-Warringah 78 44 0 0 132
197?–?? Proserpine
Total 78 44 0 0 132
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966 Southern NSW
1966 Country NSW 1 1 0 0 3
1967 New South Wales 3 2 0 0 6
1967 Australia 2 3 0 0 9
197? North Queensland
Source: [1]

Les Hanigan is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s. An Australian international and New South Wales representative wing, he played club football in Illawarra for Collegians, in Sydney for Manly-Warringah and in North Queensland for Proserpine.[2]

A pro runner from Wollongong,[3] Hanigan was selected to represent Southern New South Wales against the touring Great Britain team in 1966, scoring a try.[4] He signed on to play in Sydney's NSWRFL competition with the Manly-Warringah club in 1967. That year he set a new club record for most tries in a match when he scored five tries in a match against competition newcomers, Cronulla-Sutherland. After playing for New South Wales, he scored two tries in Australia's First Test win over New Zealand.[5] By the end of the 1967 NSWRFL season he had scored sixteen tries, the most in the competition, before being selected to tour with the 1967-68 Kangaroos. Hanigan played in 11 games on tour but no Tests. With Manly-Warringah he reached the 1968 NSWRFL season's grand final and played on the wing in the loss to Souths.

After his time with Manly, Hanigan moved north to captain-coach Queensland's Proserpine club. From here he was selected to represent North Queensland.[6]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Gandon, Michael (21 July 2011). "Juniors". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ Goodman, Tom (5 June 1966). "Gallant bid by "unknowns"". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  4. ^ Les Hanigan Archived 9 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine at yesterdayshero.com.au
  5. ^ Goodman, Tom (11 June 1967). "Winger Hanigan best of newcomers". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. ^ Proserpine RLFC at sportingpulse.com