Harrison Hansen proud to make Super League return with Toulouse

Drew Darbyshire
Harrison Hansen in action for Toulouse

Harrison Hansen says he is proud to be back in Super League after extending his stay with Toulouse.

The 36-year-old forward joined the French club ahead of the 2020 campaign, scoring four tries in 17 appearances so far.

Hansen helped Toulouse clinch promotion to Super League from the Championship on Sunday. He scored a try in their 34-12 win over Featherstone in the Million Pound Game.

He said: “I am very proud to be part of this special team for another year. Personally, it’s fantastic for me to come back to the Super League.”

Toulouse president Bernard Sarrazain said: “We couldn’t do without Harrison for our first season in the Super League. And we could see this year that he still had some under the hood.”

Harrison Hansen made his first team debut for Wigan at the age of 18 and went on to win two Challenge Cups and two Super League titles with the Warriors.

The Auckland-born forward made more than 400 career appearances for Wigan, Salford, Leigh, Widnes and Toulouse.Hansen won one cap for New Zealand in 2006 before switching allegiance to Samoa the following year. He won six caps for Samoa and represented them in two World Cups.

Toulouse coach “lost for words” after Super League promotion

Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles was left speechless after their promotion to Super League was confirmed.Speaking to Sky Sports after their win over Featherstone, Houles said: “I’m lost for words. It’s unbelievable.

“When I see the crowd and the stadium like that… they pushed the boys all the way, it was unreal. It’s magnificent.

“Who would have thought a few weeks ago we would have a packed ground like that in a Grand Final? To get us promoted into Super League, it’s unbelievable.

“I love the boys, they have been outstanding all season. We had a project and I can’t credit them enough – the guys who played and the guys who didn’t play – they’ve supported everyone. We planned everything and it worked and when it works it is unbelievable.”