The NSW Waratahs can confirm that Ned Hanigan will return to the side in the 2022 season.
Ned Hanigan, currently contracted to Kurita Water Gush in the Japanese Top League, will return to the NSW Waratahs in 2022 after he finishes his commitments in Japan.
The 26-year-old backrower is a product of the NSW pathways, progressing from club rugby in Randwick and NSW Country in the NRC, to making his debut for the Waratahs in 2016 and representing the side on 43 occasions.
Hanigan went on to make his Test debut in 2017 against Fiji under Michael Cheika and was a key part of Dave Rennie’s squad last season playing five of the Wallabies six Tests.
The Wallaby forward’s Test experience and ability to play in the second row as well as the backrow ensures he will be a key part of the Waratahs forward pack in 2022.
Hanigan was excited to return to his home state and thrilled to have the chance to return to the NSW Waratahs.
“I’m very grateful that the Waratahs have welcomed me back,” Hanigan said.
“I’m really enjoying my time abroad at Kurita Water Gush in Japan, but as a proud New South Welshman I can’t wait to hopefully get the opportunity to represent my home state and the Wallabies again soon.
“It’s going to be great to reunite with some old faces including Darren Coleman who I played under during the NRC with the mighty NSW Country Eagles, as well working with a few new faces too.”
NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn was thrilled to welcome back a fan favourite to the fold, with Hanigan’s experience and versatility set to make a huge difference to the Waratahs pack.
“We are pleased to welcome Ned back to the Waratahs,” Doorn said.
“Ned is another vital piece of our recruitment strategy and his announcement rounds out a very exciting week for our side. Our goal is to lock in our best and most promising players and surround them with some key additions for next year and beyond.
“Hanigan brings international experience to our pack, is a well-liked member of our team, and his ability to play lock as well as in the backrow gives our side great flexibility in 2022.”
Hannigan will join the Waratahs once his commitments in the Japanese Top League are completed, expected to be in April 2022.