Matt Henjak

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Matt Henjak
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Full name Matthew T. Henjak
Date of birth (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)[1]
School St Edmund's College
Notable relative(s) Ivan Henjak
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current team Union sportive dacquoise AKA US Dax
Youth Career
  Canberra Vikings
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 ‐ 06
2006 ‐ 08
2008 ‐
Western Force
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004-2006; Australia 4 (0)

Matthew ("Matt") T. Henjak (born 25 November 1981[2]) is an Australian rugby union player. His position of choice is scrum-half. Henjak, of Croatian ancestry, is the nephew of former rugby league half-back and Brisbane Broncos head coach Ivan Henjak. After being sacked by the Western Force in 2008 for an off field indiscretion, Henjak signed for Toulon in the Top 14 in France where he played until 2012. From here, he remained in France and is currently plying his trade with French Pro D2 Club, Dax, in the second tier professional competition.

Early career[edit]

Henjak was educated at St Edmund's College in Canberra, the same school as Matt Giteau, George Gregan and Ricky Stuart. He played for the Canberra Vikings while playing in the Canberra club competition. In 2001 and 2002 Henjak represented Australia in the under 21 side as well as later playing for Australia A.

Super Rugby[edit]

He made his Super 12 debut in 2003, playing for the ACT Brumbies in a match against the Chiefs.

Henjak was called up into the 27-man national squad as cover mid-year 2004 after Elton Flatley broke his arm.[2] Henjak made his international debut in 2004, on 26 June against England[2] where he came off the bench onto the wing with 10 minutes remaining in the game after Clyde Rathbone was injured.

He moved to the new Super 14 team, the Western Force, for the 2006 Super 14 season.


Henjak went over to England for the latter part of 2004, having a short term stint with Harlequins.


During his playing career, he has been linked with a series of scandals. In 2004, he was involved in an altercation in South Africa, in which the complainant was secretly paid A$16,000 to drop assault charges.[2][3]

2008 and 2009[edit]

In 2008 he was involved in an altercation in which his team mate winger Haig Sare had his jaw broken, requiring surgery to insert a plate. Henjak has been dismissed by the Western Force after he was found guilty of involvement in a bar room brawl.[2][4][5]

Henjak was linked to a code-switch to rugby league and a move to the Canberra Raiders,[6][7][8] however Toulon have given him the chance to resurrect his rugby union career in the Top 14 competition.[2][9]


  1. ^ Toulon RC profile retrieved 7 May 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Matt Henjak: Player profile". ESPN Scrum. ESPN EMEA Ltd. 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Learning from the Henjak experience". Fox Sports. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Henjak facing the sack". Western Force rugby club. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Door will reopen if Henjak reforms". Fox Sports. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "NRL leaves door ajar for Henjak". NRL. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Raiders may come to Henjak's rescue". LeagueHQ. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "NRL likely for sacked Henjak". Fox Sports. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Henjak heads for Toulon". Planet Rugby. 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 

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