Ben Alexander is the most experienced prop in Australian rugby history.
A former loose-head who over the last four years has transferred his skills permanently to tight-head, Alexander has been a mainstay in both the Brumbies and Wallabies configurations since he debuted for state and country back in 2008.
On 99 Brumbies caps, round one of the 2015 Super Rugby season will see Alexander become the club’s eighth centurion, the first since Mark Chisholm back in 2011. It’s a remarkable achievement for a player who has spent almost 18 months on the sideline with serious injuries to his legs since finishing his high-school years at Knox Grammar in 2002.
Alexander was a NSW Schoolboy in 2002 before linking with the Uni-Norths club in Canberra while he was studying at UC. From there he made an ascension to the Australian U21s in 2003 and the Brumbies Academy the year later.
A badly broken leg hampered his progress in 2005, but successful stints with the Bedford Blues in England and the Western Sydney Rams in the ARC were enough to see Alexander fill an Academy spot under Laurie Fisher going into 2008.
From there Alexander has been a regular starter, finding himself sixth on the Brumbies all time consecutive games played list behind players like George Gregan, George Smith and Bill Young.
2015 will present Alexander with a second Rugby World Cup opportunity, adding to his already impressive list of accomplishments which includes two Super Rugby Finals series, a Super Rugby Final, a Tri-Nations Championship, a British & Irish Lions Tour, two Rugby Championships and six European Spring Tours.
2002: Graduates from Knox Grammar on Sydney’s North Shore having represented the NSW Schoolboys and Knox Grammar 1st XV.
2005: Member of the Australian U21s which contests the Junior World Cup in Argentina; suffers a severe broken leg while playing for the Brumbies Runners and is ruled out of rugby for the next 13 months.
2007: Joins Bedford Blues, feeder team to Leicester Tigers, in England’s National One competition; is picked for the Western Sydney Rams and plays out the ARC season from Parramatta; has metal bars removed from his lower leg.
2008: Joins the Brumbies Academy and graduates to the top-squad to make his debut against the Reds in Canberra; is selected for the Wallabies incoming French Test series and debuts for Australia in Sydney; is selected to face the Springboks, All Blacks and goes on his first Spring Tour.
2009: Plays all 13 games for the Brumbies and is eventually named Best Forward at the Presentation Night; maintains his spot in the Wallabies squad as loose-head prop.
2010: Again features in all 13 matches for the Brumbies and is a part of the Wallabies squad; is the Brumbies highest try-scorer for the season with seven; suffers a ruptured MCL against Fiji but returns for the Wallabies Spring Tour where he starts all five matches.
2011: Selected for his first Rugby World Cup squad after a disappointing season with the Brumbies where the team finished 13th; Plays the entire tournament in New Zealand including the Quarter Final against South Africa and the Semi-Final against the All Blacks.
2012: Features in all but one game for the Brumbies during their Super Rugby campaign; moves to sixth on the Brumbies all-time, consecutive games played list with 58; features for the Wallabies in the mid-season Tests series against Wales, the Tri-Nations and the Spring Tour.
2013: Features in all but one game for the Brumbies on their way to a Super Rugby Final against the Chiefs in Hamilton; makes his British and Irish Lions debut against the touring party in Brisbane; goes on to play the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour.
2014: Becomes the Wallabies most-capped prop in history, taking over from Al Baxter with 70 appearances against France in Paris; appears in his second Super Rugby Finals series where the side is eventually knocked out by the Waratahs in Sydney; goes on to represent the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour.