|Full name||Michael Higham|
18 September 1980 |
Billinge Higher End, Wigan, England
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||13 st 8 lb (86 kg) |
As of 19 May 2015
Higham joined St. Helens from Leigh in November 2000 after scoring 22 tries in Division One and a man-of-the-match display in the Grand Final. Higham played for St. Helens from the interchange bench in their 2002 Super League Grand Final victory against Bradford. Having won Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers, Sydney Roosters. Higham played from the interchange bench in Saints' 38–0 loss. He made his Great Britain debut in the 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations against New Zealand, after recovering from an ankle injury which ruled him out of most of 2004's Super League IX. He'd made over 100 appearances for St Helens, scoring 33 tries.
Higham joined Wigan in October 2005 after a transfer deal involving three clubs, and fellow hooker Terry Newton. Higham was unable to join Wigan directly as his club, St. Helens, would not sell. However, Bradford stepped in and bought Higham from Saints for £70,000 and then immediately released him to Wigan. In exchange, Wigan allowed Terry Newton to join Bradford. Higham signed a three-year deal with Wigan and commented: "It looked at one stage as though I would be playing next season at Bradford but when the opportunity to join Wigan came up at the last minute I jumped at it." At Wigan, Higham again teamed up with coach Ian Millward who he had played under at both Leigh and St Helens. Millward was however sacked by Wigan in April 2006 and Higham, ironically, was coached by Brian Noble who was Bradford coach at the time of the "three-club transfer". Higham's contract at Wigan was not renewed, and he subsequently signed for Warrington on a two-year deal.
In September 2008, he was named in the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man England squad. He was named in the England team to face Wales at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He made his England début in the victory over Wales on 10 October 2008.
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- Scott, Ged (28 August 2010). "Leeds 6–30 Warrington". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- Taylor, Mark (20 May 2015). "Higham signs for Leigh Centurions". Leigh Reporter. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Leigh Centurions profile
- Warrington Wolves profile
- Mick Higham St Helens Career Page on Saints Heritage Society website
- Mick Higham Wigan Career Page on wigan.rlfans.com
- Mickey Higham Profile
- Higham and Calderwood Meet The Media (11 November 2005)
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org