Darren James Lockyer is an Australian television commentator and former rugby league footballer. Lockyer was an Australian international and Queensland State representative captain, who played his entire professional career with the Brisbane Broncos, he is considered one of the greatest players of all time. During his 17-year career he set appearance records for his club and country, set additional all-time records for most National Rugby League appearances, most State of Origin appearances, most games as captain and most tries for the Australian national team; as a fullback, Lockyer won four grand finals with the Broncos, a World Cup with Australia, the Golden Boot Award for the world's best player. He was named in Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century at fullback, he switched positions to five-eighth in 2004 and went on to win a fourth grand final with the Broncos, a further five State of Origin series with Queensland, a second Golden Boot Award. Lockyer was born in Queensland, his father, played Australian rules football for ten years in Brisbane with Morningside and introduced Darren to the game at four years of age.
Two years Lockyer started playing Aussie rules for Springwood, finishing runner-up in the best and fairest award in his first season. The following season he won the club's best and fairest award by 17 votes, despite having to travel 800 kilometres every weekend to play when the family moved to the small country town of Wandoan midway through the season. Travelling commitments and a lack of Australian rules football clubs around the Wandoan area forced him to quit the game and take up rugby league, he played rugby league for school and club in Wandoan for four years before moving to Roma and playing for the Cities Gladiators. He played fullback for his Roma club. In 1990 Queensland Rugby League Development Officer, Glenn Bayliss, spotted the young Lockyer while visiting Roma. After returning to Toowoomba he passed on his views on to Brisbane Broncos talent scout Cyril Connell and Connell followed his progress over the next few years. In 1994, he traveled to Ipswich for a junior rugby league carnival where his performance caught the eye of coach Wayne Bennett.
After impressing at the carnival, he moved to Brisbane and accepted a $2000 scholarship with the Broncos. He worked as a bartender at the Broncos Leagues Club to make ends meet; that year, he signed a $10,000 playing contract with the Broncos. Lockyer made his professional first-grade debut with the Brisbane Broncos from the bench as an eighteen-year-old five-eighth in a 60–14 thrashing of the Parramatta Eels in Round 13 of the 1995 ARL season, he went on to be named the 1995 Brisbane Broncos season's rookie of the year. Lockyer played most of the 1996 ARL season from the interchange bench. Lockyer was moved permanently to the fullback position by coach Wayne Bennett at the beginning of the 1997 Super League season, replacing Australian former international winger Willie Carne, who had played fullback for the Broncos in 1996, with Lockyer taking over the goal kicking duties from Carne, he first gained representative honours for Queensland that season in the second Super League Tri-series match against New South Wales.
Lockyer's try-scoring and goal-kicking ability made him the top point-scorer of the 1997 Brisbane Broncos season, he went on to play in the club's Super League Grand Final-winning team that year, kicking five goals from six attempts in the 26–8 win over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in front of a ground record crowd of 58,912 at the Broncos' home ground, the ANZ Stadium. At the end of the 1997 season Lockyer made his international debut when he was selected to play at fullback for Australia in all three games of the Super League Test series against Great Britain in England, he kicked two goals and one field goal during the series, won by Australia. In the re-unified 1998 NRL season, Lockyer was selected as the Queensland team's fullback and goal-kicker for all three games of their successful 1998 State of Origin series, in which he was the top point-scorer. Lockyer made his debut for the Australian team against New Zealand, becoming Kangaroo No. 661. He was again top point-scorer for Brisbane that year, smashing the club record of 193 for most points in a season by scoring 272.
By this time, Lockyer's playing style in attack was being likened to that of a five-eighth. He again played at fullback in the 1998 NRL Grand Final, kicking five goals from seven attempts in the Broncos' second consecutive premiership win. Lockyer's goal-kicking duties at the Broncos were shifted to teammates Ben Walker and Michael De Vere in 1999. Lockyer replaced Robbie O'Davis as Queensland's fullback in Game III of the 1999 State of Origin series, scoring a try and kicking a goal in the 10–10 draw, enough to see the Maroons retain the shield, he did goal-kicking for Australia though, was sin-binned in the Kangaroos' win against the Kiwis in the final of the post-season 1999 Tri-nations tournament. Lockyer played at fullback in all three matches of the 2000 State of Origin series in which the Maroons suffered a 3–0 series whitewash at the hands of the Blues. At the end of the season, Lockyer played at fullback in the Broncos' 2000 NRL Grand Final victory over the Sydney Roosters, was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best and fairest player on the field.
In 2000 he received the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in the sport of rugby league and played in the 2000 World Cup-winning Kangaroos side, scoring a try in the final against New Zealand. By this time Lockyer was being called the best fullback in the world. Having won the 2000 NRL Premiersh
Five-eighth or Stand-off is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Wearing jersey number 6, this player is one of the two half backs in a team, partnering the scrum-half. Sometimes known as the pivot or second receiver, in a traditional attacking'back-line'. Play the five-eighth would receive the ball from the scrum half, the first receiver of the ball from the dummy-half or hooker following a tackle; the role of the five-eighth is to pass the ball away from the congested area around the tackle, further out along the'back-line' to the outside backs, the centres and wingers, who have more space to run with it. Furthermore, players in this position assume responsibility for kicking the ball for field position in general play; the five-eighth is therefore considered one of the most important positions referred to as a'play maker', assuming a decision-making role on the field. Over time, however, as the game has evolved, the roles of the two halves have grown more aligned and difficult to distinguish.
Along with other key positions - fullback and scrum half - the five-eighth makes up what is known as a team's spine. One book published in 1996 stated that in senior rugby league, the five-eighth and hooker handled the ball more than any other position; the Rugby League International Federation's Laws of the Game state that the "Stand-off half or Five-eighth" is to be numbered 6. However, traditionally players' jersey numbers have varied, in the modern Super League, each squad's players are assigned individual numbers regardless of position. Traditionally in rugby football, there have always been two half-backs as well as scrums involving the forwards. Of the two half backs, the name "scrum half" was given to the one, involved in the scrum by feeding the ball into it and the name "stand-off half" was given to the one which stood off to the side of the scrum. In Britain, where rugby league originated, this terminology has been retained. In Australian English, however, "five-eighth" is the term used for the number 6, to differentiate from the "half back", the name given to the number 7.
In New Zealand, both terms appear to be used interchangeably. Five-eighths that feature in their respective nations' rugby league halls of fame are England's Roger Millward, Australia's Wally Lewis, Bob Fulton, Brett Kenny, Albert Rosenfeld and Vic Hey, New Zealand's George Menzies. Rugby league's first known black player, Lucius Banks, played in the position for Hunslet R. L. F. C. in 1912-13. Rugby league positions Rugby league gameplay
The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are an Australian professional rugby league team based in Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire, Southern Sydney, New South Wales. They compete in Australasia's premier rugby league competition; the Sharks, as they are known, were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, predecessor of the Australian Rugby League and the current National Rugby League competition, in January 1967. The club competed in every premiership season since and, during the Super League war, joined the rebel competition before continuing on in the re-united NRL Premiership; the Sharks have been in competition for 50 years, appearing in four grand finals, winning their first premiership in 2016 after defeating the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium. In 1967 the New South Wales Rugby Football League added two new clubs to the competition, Cronulla-Sutherland and Penrith, the first to join the competition since Parramatta and Manly were admitted 20 years earlier in 1947. Cronulla debuted in 1967 wearing a sky blue jersey adorned with a white V and red numbers on the back, at the club home ground of Sutherland Oval, under the captaincy of multiple premiership-winner Monty Porter and the coaching of Ken Kearney.
Cronulla earned immediate recognition when they beat Eastern Suburbs at the Sydney Sports Ground in their first match. They had only two more wins, against Norths and Parramatta, finished last on the competition table. In mid-1968 the club moved permanently to Endeavour Field at Woolooware, became the only club in Sydney to own their own ground, their first match there was against Parramatta and the Cronulla Sharks won 10–7. Cronulla made their first grand final in 1973 against Manly Warringah losing 10-7. Cronulla met the Sea Eagles again in the 1978 grand final, leading 7–2 well into the second half, before Manly came back and brought the scoreboard to 7-11, it took a late penalty goal from Steve Rogers to level scores at 11-all by full-time. The replay saw the Sharks opportunity pass by as they fielded a much-weakened team due to further injuries being shut-out by Manly 16–0. Cronulla were without suspended stars Greg Pierce and Dane Sorensen in both games, while hooker John McMartin, fullback Mick Mullane and Barry Andrews were all injured for the replay.
Cronulla suffered major financial trouble in 1983, with the NSWRL appointing an administrator and providing a loan. Western Suburbs and Newtown, both in a similar predicament, were refused a loan, with Newtown being forced out of the competition. Cronulla made the final of the mid-week KB Cup, but lost again to Manly, 26–6. In 1985, Cronulla was buoyed by the arrival of'super coach' Jack Gibson, who had coached Easts and Parramatta to premierships. Gibson left the club in good shape in 1987, with the promise fulfilled in 1988 when Cronulla won the minor premiership, led by veteran second-rower Gavin Miller, named Dally M Player of the Year, Rothmans Medal winning halfback, Barry Russell. However, Russell dislocated his shoulder two weeks before the finals, missed the semi-final where Cronulla went down to Canterbury, he was rushed back in for the final against Balmain, but he was hampered by the injury, Cronulla were bundled out. A bright spot for the Sharks, was the selection in the Australian team of Miller, young centres and Mark McGaw.
In 1989, Cronulla sneaked into the finals after thrashing Illawarra 46–14 in the final round, followed by a memorable 38–14 victory over the Brisbane Broncos in the play-off for fifth position. However, they could not repeat the performance in their semi-final against eventual premiers Canberra, in what was their third game in seven days. Gavin Miller was rewarded for another great year with both the Dally M Player of the Year award and the Rothmans Medal. Cronulla again dropped into a period of poor form and financial trouble in 1990, but the appointment as coach of rugby league Immortal, Arthur Beetson, in 1992 helped turn the on-field problems around, he helped develop a batch of promising players, including five-eighth Mitch Healey, fullback David Peachey, winger Richie Barnett, prop Adam Ritson, hooker Aaron Raper, son of another Immortal, Johnny Raper. However, Cronulla were forced into receivership in 1993. Beetson was replaced as coach in 1994 by John Lang, a former Australian hooker, coach of the Brisbane Easts team.
Lang brought Paul Green, down from Brisbane with him. A golden age for the club had begun, signalled by the two lower grade teams winning their competitions. During John Lang's coaching period, from 1994 to 2001, Cronulla made the semi-finals every year except for 1994 and 1998; the club had a glamorous image and attracted record crowds, with a corresponding financial improvement. In 1995, Cronulla were one of the first clubs to join the Super League competition, which kicked off after protracted legal battles and much bitterness, in 1997; the club was motivated by a dissatisfaction with the perceived favouritism of the NSWRL administration towards other clubs, a still-risky financial situation. They reached the inaugural – and only – grand final of the ten-team Super League competition, only to lose to a vastly superior Brisbane side 26–8 in Brisbane; the game was notable for being the only grand final to be played outside Sydney. The club rejoined the reunited National Rugby League competition in 1998.
Arguably the Sharks' best season was in 1999, when they again won the minor premiership and the J. J. Giltinan Shield in convincing fashion; the Sharks accounted for the Brisbane Broncos in the quarter-final, led 8–0 in the grand final qualifier against the St George Illawarra Dragons before losing 8–24. In 1999, the Cronulla-Suth
Queensland rugby league team
The Queensland rugby league team represents the Australian state of Queensland in rugby league football. Nicknamed the "Maroons", after the colour of their jersey, the team plays three times a year against arch-rivals New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Captained by Greg Inglis and coached by Kevin Walters, the team is administered by the Queensland Rugby League and plays all of its home matches at Brisbane's Lang Park. Since 1908, a rugby league team representing Queensland has been assembled from players based in the state to compete annually against New South Wales; the team used to play matches against other high-profile foreign and domestic touring teams, but has not played anyone other than New South Wales in several decades. From 1980 onwards, when Queensland was first allowed to select players of local origin if they were at clubs outside its borders, the team's success rate against New South Wales improved dramatically; until 1987 clubs from both the Brisbane Rugby League and the NSWRL provided players for the side.
Maroons players have been chosen from clubs in the National Rugby League since Game III 2001 when Allan Langer was selected from the Super League. As of 2018, the Maroons have won eleven out of the past thirteen series, including a record-breaking eight successive State of Origin victories between 2006 and 2013. Queensland had been playing in their maroon jerseys each year against New South Wales in their sky blue before the split in rugby football between union and league took place. Queensland's captain, Mike Dore, left the rugby union establishment to play the new Northern Union brand of football in 1907 and his decision to switch codes influenced many other Queensland union players including his brother, to join the rugby league ranks; the first Queensland rugby league team formed, like the first New South Wales and Australian teams formed, was for playing the ground-breaking 1907-08 New Zealand rugby tourists, was as follows:1. Roy Allingham, 2. Doug McLean, 3. George Watson, 4. Arthur O'Brien, 5.
William Evans, 6. William Abrahams, 7. Mick Dore 8. Jack Horan, 9. Robert Tubman, 10. William Hardcastle, 11. Vic Anderson, 12. Ernest Cartmill, 13. Jack Fihelly Still some months away from having its own competition, when Queensland first played rugby league against New South Wales in the opening match of the 1908 interstate series they lost 43 – 0; this set the precedent for much of interstate rugby league's early history in Australia. During the 1912 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia, Queensland lost both its matches against the Kiwis in Brisbane. Again, Queensland played two matches against the Kiwis during the 1913 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia and again the Maroons lost both. New South Wales had won every match between the two states until 1922, when the Maroons, with Cyril Connell playing at halfback, achieved their maiden victory; this commenced Queensland's only golden period before the introduction of State of Origin. In 1925 Queensland played against the full New Zealand side.
The Queensland side was invited to tour ahead of the New South Wales side because Queensland was the more dominant of the two during this period. During the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand Queensland played one match against the successful France national rugby league team, a 19-all draw; as the twentieth century progressed, New South Wales proved to be the dominant team. Queensland did not win an interstate series against New South Wales until 1958; the powerful New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership attracted many Queenslanders south of the border, the "residential" selection policy meant that the Maroons would be disadvantaged against New South Wales teams containing many Queenslanders playing in the New South Wales club competition. In the 1970s Queensland only won four matches, it was decided that if New South Wales won the first two games of the 1980 series that there would be a "State of Origin" selection policy for the last game; this meant that selection would be based on the state a player made his senior debut in, not the state that he played in.
Queensland's first representative team won the first State of Origin match 20–10 on 8 July 1980. After Queensland lost the first two games in 1981 the third match was again a State of Origin match. Queensland won this game, all subsequent series have been played under State of Origin selection criteria. Queensland's overall record in interstate clashes between 1908 and 1981 was 54 wins, 8 draws and 159 losses in 221 games. Between 1908 and 1979 Queensland played matches against a number of touring Test teams. In the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980, Queensland surprised all in a commanding 20–10 win over New South Wales. Arthur Beetson and Chris Close were the stars for Queensland, but Kerry Boustead scored Queensland's first try; this saw the new State of Origin rules applied a fairer game, saw it again in 1981. In 1981, legendary captain Arthur Beetson was ready to play before injury ruled him out, so he became coach of the team, would remain so for the next three years, it seemed that State of Origin might still be dominated by New South Wales with the Blues ahead 15–0, but a remarkable comeback by Queensland saw them defeat New South Wales 22–15 with young captain Wally Lewis and Chris Close the stars of the comeback win.
This match gave rugby league officials the impetus to decide that 1982 should have 2 State of Origin matches and a decider if required. In 1982, for the first time all three matches of the interstate series were played using'origin' selection rules. New South Wales won their first State of Origin match in Game One, but this was not enough to stop
Corey Parker (rugby league)
Corey Parker is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who captained the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin and Australia international representative, Parker played in the lock, second-row and prop positions. Parker played his entire professional career at the Broncos club, with whom he won the 2006 NRL Premiership, he fulfilled goal kicking duties for the Broncos. Parker, made his NRL debut in 2001 with the Broncos, scoring a try in his first match. At times earlier in his career he sometimes played prop; the same year and Brent Tate both considered offers from the Canterbury Bulldogs, meeting with club officials in secret. Coach Wayne Bennett found out about the meeting, dropped both Parker and Tate to reserve grade as a result. Parker was selected to represent Queensland as an interchange for games II and III of the 2004 State of Origin series and game III of the 2005 State of Origin series. During a match against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium, coach Wayne Bennett watched as fellow Bronco Shane Webcke was taken off the field by a trainer after being knocked out by Wests Tigers prop Bryce Gibbs.
Parker was brought on as a replacement for Webcke, and, as noticed, the Broncos played with 14 men. Parker scored a try following the Webcke incident. An investigation days stripped the Broncos of the two competition points gained but an appeal held weeks saw the two points reinstated. Parker was the highest point-scorer for the Broncos with a total of 142 points in 2006, he was selected to play from the interchange bench in Brisbane's victory in the 2006 NRL Grand Final. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens R. F. C. in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Parker played at second-row forward, scoring a try and kicking three goals from four attempts in the Broncos' 14–18 loss. In 2007, despite suffering an injury in round one and missing the next eight games, he was again able to finish the season as the Broncos' top point-scorer. In the Broncos' first match of the NRL season 2008, Parker broke the Broncos' club record for most goals in a match, kicking ten from ten.
On 26 March 2008, it was announced Parker had re signed with the Brisbane Broncos for a further 3 years. At the start of season 2008, Parker was the first choice kicker for the Broncos, but however, during a knee injury which kept him on the sideline for 6 weeks, the Brisbane Broncos decided to make Michael Ennis the first choice kicker. Following Ennis' move to the Bulldogs at the end of 2008, Parker again became the Broncos' primary goal kicker in 2009. For the 2009 NRL season new Broncos coach Ivan Henjak moved Parker to lock; this proved a success as in April that year he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009. Although he did not make an appearance for the maroons, Parker won the 2009 Paul Morgan Medal as the Broncos' Player of the Year. On 14 May 2010, Parker played his 200th game for the Broncos, becoming the second youngest player to reach the milestone for the club. In September 2010, Corey Parker became captain of the Prime Ministers XIII.
Parker was named the 2011 forward of the year at the Broncos. Parker played all three games of the 2013 State of Origin series in which Queensland extended their record for consecutive series victories to eight. Parker had made the most offloads out of all players in the 2013 NRL season. Parker was named the 2013 Brisbane Broncos season's player of the year. In the post season, he travelled to Europe with the Australian national team for the 2013 World Cup, helping them reclaim it. In 2013 Corey Parker was awarded International Lock of the Year, The Player's Player award, Most Consistent award, the Best Forward award, Dally M Lock of the Year, Rugby League Week Player of The Year. In 2014, Parker captained the Brisbane Broncos to the final of the Auckland Nines. In the Auckland Nines, Parker scored a bonus try against the Roosters. Against the Eels in round 5 of 2014, Parker became the third Bronco to reach 1000 points, after Darren Lockyer and Michael De Vere. In May 2014 Corey Parker played against New Zealand.
Parker suffered an injury in round 13 against the Raiders, which ruled him out of Game 2 of the 2014 State of Origin. He received Man of the Match. Peter Sterling quoted Parker's Game 3 as been the best performance by a forward in a State of Origin game he has seen. In Round 25 against the Dragons, Parker became the second highest point scorer in Brisbane Broncos history with 1066 points. In Round 1 of the 2015 NRL season, Corey Parker played his 300th NRL game, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs; this made Parker the 22nd NRL player to play 300 games. After the Queensland Maroons 52–6 victory against the New South Wales Blues in the 2015 State of Origin to win the series, Parker was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal. In Round 22 of the 2015 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parker succeeded Darren Lockyer as the Broncos' highest points scorer. Within the weeks leading up to the 2016 NRL season, coach Wayne Bennett announced Parker as the Broncos captain. In June 2016, Parker announced.
In 2017, Parker became a sideline commentator for Fox League. Corey Parker is married to Margaux Parker with their four children. Brisbane Broncos profile Official Corey Parker NRL profile Corey Parker at the Former Origin Greats website
Casey McGuire is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. A Queensland State of Origin representative half back, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels, as well as in the Super League for the Catalans Dragons. Born 24 January 1980 in Nambour, Queensland, McGuire was playing junior league for Caloundra Sharks & Kawana Dolphins, he attended Caloundra State High QSSRL in 1997 when he was selected for the Australian Schoolboys rugby league team. McGuire made his NRL debut in the 1998 season for the Parramatta Eels; the next season, he returned to Queensland to play for the Brisbane Broncos. At the Broncos he was a utility player used in games from the bench. Selected to play from the interchange bench in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, he was selected for the Queensland Maroons in the 2005 State of Origin series playing off the bench for games 1 and 2. McGuire missed the Broncos' 2007 World Club Challenge appearance due to his move to France to play in the Super League for Catalans Dragons.
Having started playing stand-off at Catalans Dragons, McGuire found himself playing at hooker and sharing much of the creative responsibilities with Adam Mogg and Thomas Bosc. had been named in the France squad for the Four Nations tournament, qualifying under the three-year residency rule, but did not play. McGuire returned to Australia and the club where he made his NRL comeback with his first club, the Parramatta Eels for the 2011 season, playing as five-eighth, he only missed a small number of games since returning to the NRL. A pectoral muscle injury during the 2012 NRL season put the remainder of McGuire's playing career in doubt. Official Casey McGuire profile Official Casey McGuire NRL profile Article at nrl.com
Benjamin Hannant is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop-forward, he played in the National Rugby League for the North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters. Hannant is a two-time premiership winner, with the Broncos in 2006 and the Cowboys in 2015. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Hannant played his junior rugby league for the Burleigh Bears. In 2002, while attending Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, he represented the Australian Schoolboys team; as of November 2016, Hannant co-hosts Gold Coast's SEA FM Breakfast show. Hannant made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2005, he played in the Roosters' Premier League grand final winning side in 2004 before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos for the 2006 season. In late 2005, Hannant moved to the Broncos for the 2006 season, he went on to play from the interchange bench in Brisbane's victory in the 2006 NRL Grand Final.
The retirement of Shane Webcke following the grand final left some large shoes to be filled in the Broncos' front row. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens R. F. C. in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Hannant played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 14-18 loss. Hannant was selected for the Queensland Maroons in 2008 and scored his first try in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium, which Queensland won 30–0. In May 2008, Hannant signed a three-year deal with Sydney-based club, the Bulldogs, commencing in 2009. On 8 June 2009 it was announced that Hannant had contracted the H1N1 virus, the first case in professional sports Hannant represented Australia on 25 October 2009 in Australia's opening 2009 Four Nations match against New Zealand in which Hannant played as the starting Prop, he played in the tournament final on 13 November 2009 as the starting prop against England. It was a 46–16 win to Australia. Hannant's 2009 form drew praise from critics with New Zealand Warriors captain and representative prop Steve Price nominating Hannant as the best prop playing.
On 25 May 2010 it was announced Hannant would re-join the Broncos on a 4-year deal starting in 2011 after he was granted an early release by the Bulldogs. Hannant missed the start of the 2011 Brisbane Broncos season with a calf injury but returned in Round 3 against the Titans. Hannant returned to form after a man of the match display against his former club and was selected in the Australia and Queensland representative teams where he played off the bench; the latter half of the season saw a drop in form for Hannant, resulting in exclusion from the Four Nations series. In 2012, Hannant opened the season strong with a man of the match performance against Parramatta. On 7 October 2014, Hannant signed with the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal for the 2015 season. In Round 7 of the 2015 NRL season, Hannant played his 200th NRL game in the Cowboys 28-24 victory over the Warriors. Hannant came off the bench for the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Grand Final against the Brisbane Broncos, played 38 minutes in the Cowboys' 17-16 Premiership win.
On 21 February 2016, Hannant was a member of the Cowboys' World Club Challenge winning side, coming off the bench in the side's 38-4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium. In November 2016, it was announced Hannant had re-signed with North Queensland on a one-year-contract extension. Two weeks on 17 November, he was forced to retire due to a chronic knee injury. Despite the injury and forced retirement, Hannant was quite durable for the Cowboys in his two seasons with the club. Out of a possible 55 games, Hannant played 52 - including the 17-16 win against the Brisbane Broncos in the 2015 NRL Grand Final. A year after retiring, it was announced he would come out of retirement and play for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup. Dally M Prop of the Year: 2009 Brisbane Broncos Most Improved: 2007 2004 NSWRL Premier League Grand Final: Sydney Roosters - Winner 2006 NRL Grand Final:Brisbane Broncos – Winner 2015 NRL Grand Final:North Queensland Cowboys – Winner 2016 World Club Challenge: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season It was announced on 21 November 2016 that Hannant would be embarking on a radio career in 2017.
Southern Cross Austereo revealed that Hannant would co-present a new breakfast program on Sea FM on the Gold Coast called Get Up with Heather, Dan & Ben. Hannant will be co-hosting the show with experienced radio announcer Dan Anstey and former The Bachelor contestant Heather Maltman. Hannant stated that he is to be comfortable in a radio show environment, comparing it to a locker room situation where people sit around having a yarn. Hannant is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Hannant and his wife Emma have four sons and three daughters, their seventh child was born in March 2018. North Queensland Cowboys profile