Justin Harrison

Justin Harrison
Date of birth (1974-04-20) 20 April 1974
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
University Southern Cross University, Lismore
1997–2001 University of Canberra
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Brumbies (Forwards Coach)
Playing career
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Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ulster Rugby
Bath Rugby
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–04  Australia 34 (5)

Justin Harrison, born 20 April 1974 in Sydney, is a former Australian international rugby union player, who played lock forward and is currently head coach for RC Narbonne in France.


Discovered in 1993 by GoldRats Rugby Union Club of Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales while studying coastal and fisheries management, he then moved onto the Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union Club in Canberra, he made the 1994 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Under-21s and then the Australian Universities team. The following year, he played in the Australian U21s team and made his debut for the ACT against New South Wales B. He made his Super 12 debut with the Brumbies in 1997.

He made his international début as Australia took on the British and Irish Lions in the third and final test of the 2001 series; at the time Harrison was a student studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Administration at the University of Canberra[1] from which he graduated in 2001.[2]

A veteran of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Harrison joined the New South Wales Waratahs at the beginning of 2004 for two seasons before moving to the northern hemisphere to play for Ulster.

As of 23 May 2006, Harrison had played 25 games for Ulster, 19 of those in the Celtic League and 6 in the Heineken Cup. Harrison proved an effective player in the Celtic League, a consistent winner of line-out possession and aggressive in rucks and mauls. Although regarded as inspiring by other Ulster players, his tendency to indulge in sledging led to confrontation with a number of opposing players and a number of off the pitch incidents.

At the end of the 2008 season, Harrison moved to Bath Rugby.[3] until his retirement in controversial circumstances at the end of the 2008/09 season.

On Monday 30 November 2009, it was announced that Justin Harrison would return to play for the Brumbies in 2010 on a one-year deal, as coverage for Peter Kimlin.[4] However, the ARU has not endorsed this contract.[5]

In July 2010 it was announced that Harrison would become forwards coach at Brumbies, agreeing a two-year deal with the club.[6]



  1. "Minutes of Council Meeting No. 77" (PDF). University of Canberra. 1 August 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  2. "Agenda B ... The RUPA Rag Issue Fourteen" (PDF). The Official Newsletter of the Rugby Union Players’ Association. January 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  3. "Northampton confirm Best signing". BBC News. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. Harrison's Brumbies contract not endorsed by ARU
  5. "Larkham, Harrison and Caputo return to CA Technologies Brumbies". Brumbies Official Website. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  6. Ackford, Paul (6 September 2008). "Justin Harrison talks tactics and relationships ahead of his debut for Bath". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  7. "Bath Rugby Statement on Justin Harrison". Bath Rugby. 20 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  8. "Ex Bath quartet to face RFU panel". BBC Sport. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.

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