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Ellery Hanley's Biography

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Ellery Hanley was born in Bradford on 27 March 1962.

Hanley was a stand off / loose forward for Bradford Northern, Wigan, Leeds and Great Britain.

He started his rugby league career at Bradford Northern in 1978.

Hanley went on to captain the dominant Wigan side of the late 1980s and 1990s and he also captained Great Britain.

Ellery Hanley also coached rugby league where his successes included Great Britain's win over Australia in 1994 and St Helens's win in the 1999 Grand Final.

For a brief spell in 2001 Ellery Hanley switched rugby codes and took an England rugby union coaching role under Sir Clive Woodward.

In September 2008, Ellery Hanley resigned as coach of Doncaster immediately after they won the National League Two play-off final.

It had been Hanley's first rugby league role since leaving Castleford Tigers as coaching consultant in 2004.

In January 2009, Ellery Hanley entered Dancing on Ice partnering Frankie Poultney.

Ellery and Frankie were eliminated in week six of Dancing on Ice.

In the build-up to Dancing on Ice, Jayne Torvill commented on how hard Ellery Hanley trained:

"They have to close the ice rink where he's training to get him off the ice because he won't stop! He's training from six in the morning."

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