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Player Shaun Berrigan

Full Name
4 November 1978
Date of Birth
Nov 4, 1978
Birth Location
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  1. 🇦🇺 Australia
  2. 🇮🇹 Italy
Height (cm)
178 cm
Weight (kg)
87 kg
  1. Centre
  2. Five-Eighth
  3. Halfback
  4. Hooker
  5. Utility
Warrior #
NRL Debut Date
May 16, 1999
NRL Debut Details
Round 11, Balmain Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Warriors Debut Date
Mar 12, 2011
Warriors Debut Details
Round 1 vs Parramatta Eels at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2011
Signed To
Canberra Raiders
Signed From
Hull FC
Junior Club/s
Wests Mitchelton
Rep Honours
  1. Australia
  2. Queensland (SOO)
Rugby League Project



Shaun Berrigan (born 4 November 1978) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a hooker, centre, halfback and five-eighth in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

He played for the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won the 2000 and 2006 NRL Grand Final, and the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League. He also played for Hull F.C. in the Super League. Berrigan played for Queensland in the State of Origin series and Australia at international level.

Berrigan was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 4 November 1978. He is of Italian and German descent. His brother Barry was also a fellow professional, with whom he played in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition for Dalby Diehards in the 2014 season.

Berrigan made his premiership début for the Brisbane Broncos in Round 11 of the 1999 NRL season against the Balmain Tigers, making eleven appearances during the remainder of the aforementioned NRL season. In the following season in 2000, Berrigan played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 2000 NRL Grand Final victory over the Sydney Roosters. Having won the 2000 NRL Premiership, the Broncos traveled to England to play against 2000's Super League V Champions, St Helens R.F.C. for the 2001 World Club Challenge, with Berrigan playing at five-eighth and scoring a try in Brisbane's loss. Berrigan's regular position was centre but he could play a number of back-line positions as well as hooker. Berrigan's versatility is evident in analysing the Queensland team for which Berrigan was the five-eighth for the entire 2002 State of Origin series. He played the entire 2003 State of Origin series at halfback for Queensland, who lost. He played in the centres for the 2004 State of Origin series. Berrigan was selected in the Australian team to go and compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Great Britain he played at centre in the Kangaroos' 44–4 victory.

Berrigan was then the top try-scorer for the 2005 Brisbane Broncos season scoring 19 tries. Berrigan played his 150th first grade game for the club in 2006. He started the year in the centre position but injuries to the Broncos' full-time hookers, Michael Ennis and Shaun's brother Barry, made coach Wayne Bennett move Berrigan to hooker. This turned out to be a success, with former great Peter Sterling saying that it bought a new dimension to the Broncos' game not seen for a while. He played so well at hooker in the Broncos' 2006 NRL Grand Final victory over Melbourne that he was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best on field. Berrigan was superb from dummy half, but also shut down Melbourne Storm super-star Greg Inglis for the entire match. He was later selected in the 2006 Tri-Nations side for Australia and played in the final which Australia won. In the 2006 and 2007 Origin series Berrigan has been the utility back for Queensland on the bench, playing the majority of these games as Hooker when Cameron Smith was off the field. 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. Berrigan played at hooker in the Broncos' 14–18 loss.

Berrigan was selected to play for the Australian national team from the interchange bench in the 2007 ANZAC Test match victory against New Zealand. During the 2007 NRL season, at the Broncos' 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date which included Berrigan. Berrigan's Brisbane contract ended at the end of the 2007 season.

Berrigan was a regular representative player, appearing twelve times in the State of Origin for the Queensland Maroons and in five test matches for Australia.

Berrigan signed a four-year deal with English Super League team and 2006 Grand Final runners up, Hull FC. His contract commenced with the start of the 2008 season when he replaced former Broncos teammate Richard Swain, who retired from the game at the end of the 2007 season, thus freeing up a free quota space.

In regards to the signing, Berrigan said "I have had a fantastic career at the Broncos, winning premierships, playing for Queensland and of course for Australia. I am really excited to be joining Hull and playing in the Super League and Challenge Cup. I am excited by their plans, I believe the club has a fantastic future and I am looking forward to being a part of it for the next 4 years".

Berrigan scored his first try for new club Hull in Round 2 of 2008's Super League XIII. On 30 August Shaun Berrigan appeared for Hull at Wembley in the 2008 Challenge Cup Final. During his Hull career Berrigan continued to play at hooker.

At the start of 2011, Berrigan secured a release from Hull so he could move to be closer to his family following the death of his father in 2010. After being linked with the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, Berrigan signed a one-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors for the 2011 season. During the 2011 NRL season, Berrigan played from the bench and at centre, although he did not play in their grand final loss against Manly.

On 19 October 2011, the Canberra Raiders announced they had signed Berrigan on a one-year contract for the 2012 season with the option for an extension.

He announced his retirement at the end of the 2013 NRL season.

Brisbane centre/five-eighth partnered Allan Langer in the Broncos line-up until moving to half in 2003. After a season of moderate success, coach Wayne Bennett moved the tough, nuggetty backline player to the centres after Darren Lockyer shifted to five-eighth in 2004. Berrigan made his Test debut from the interchange bench in the ANZac Test in Newcastle that year but missed the State of Origin series through injury. Chosen for Australia in the end of season Tri Nations competition Berrigan played in all five Tests on tour, including Australia’s stunning 44-4 win in the final, with his highly-consistent form keeping team-mate Brent Tate out of the Kangaroos’ line-up. Berrigan moved back into the centres in 2005 but the following year shifted into the hooker role with the Broncos in the run to the semi-finals. In the club’s authoritative 15-8 win over Melbourne in the grand final Berrigan was named Clive Churchill Medal winner for his tireless defensive display and incisive running around the rucks. After playing in Queensland’s State of Origin series victory from the interchange bench Berrigan capped a marvellous year by playing in five Tests (again as an interchange player) in Australia’s Tri-Nations success.


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