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Super League: Wigan Warriors' Harrison Hansen eyes a place in the 2013 World Cup

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 30/01/13 9:01pm

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Wigan Warriors star Harrison Hansen qualifies for three rugby league international nations, but who is he hoping to represent in the 2013 World Cup?

The 27-year-old forward was born in New Zealand, but has spent the majority of his life in England while more recently has switched to Samoa.

Hansen, who is a key member of Shaun Wane's Wigan squad, played for England's academy and England's Under-18s before he was called up by New Zealand for their mid-season international against Great Britain in 2006.

"My roots definitely lie with Samoa at the moment and I'm happy to play with them."
Harrison Hansen

He played against the Kiwis in New Zealand in 2010, while also going head-to-head with Wigan team-mate Epalahame Lauaki when playing against Tonga, the last time he featured for Samoa.

The Warriors second-row qualifies for England as he is a British citizen and he does pause for a second when quizzed about the possibility of playing for his adopted country in this year's World Cup.

However, Hansen is sticking with Samoa, who find themselves in Group B along with New Zealand, France and Papa New Guinea.


"I've been raised up here (in England) really since I was five or six," he told Sky Sports. "Obviously I was born in New Zealand so that is always going to be my homeland.

"When I was coming through the academy and playing amateur that's when I was getting picked for England schools and stuff like that.

"When I reached Super League and was professional I had a choice then. The first time I went with New Zealand and I got picked. The next time was Samoa when they came in for me.

"My roots definitely lie with Samoa at the moment and I'm happy to play with them. I'm still eligible for England. I'm not sure what the year-span is, how long you've got to stay with an international side.

"You never know with these things. I'm 27 now. I've got a good three, four or five years left. For now I'm sticking with Samoa.

"I'm definitely with Samoa at the end of the year. Whether I get picked or not is another question. If I do get picked then yeah I'm definitely with Samoa and I can't wait to play with them."

"I'll try have a good season with the club and hopefully the form I show I can get picked at the end of the year."

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