27 Aug Alexander Calls Time on Epic Career
Plus500 Brumbies record cap holder Ben Alexander has retired from professional rugby following a long and glittering career. The prop, who played 154 times for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and won 72 test caps for the Wallabies, leaves behind a plethora of sporting memories.
Alexander, born in Sydney NSW, joined the Brumbies in 2008 and made his debut the same year against the Reds in Canberra replacing Salesi Ma’afu in the 43-11 home success. A regular substitute in his first season, Alexander made his first start the following year at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg against the Lions.
Quickly forging a reputation as a solid performer, and an expert proponent of the set-piece, Alexander made an impression on the national selectors and was called up for a first Wallabies appearance after only playing half-a-dozen times for the Brumbies.
He made his Wallabies debut as a 59th minute replacement for Benn Robinson in the 34-13 win over France at Stadium Australia in Sydney in 2008 and was a regular selection thereafter with his ability to play either side of the scrum a massive plus for his coaches at all levels.
“Ben has been a loyal club man and incredible talent,” Plus500 Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson commented about the announcement.
“Not only is he a tremendous rugby player, Ben is also a wonderful man and is a very popular person amongst the players, staff and supporters. His commitment to the club is second-to-none and is exemplified by his retirement as our record cap holder.
“To play over 150 matches in Super Rugby for one team is testament to his qualities but, to everyone who knows him, Ben is so much more than a rugby player, being the successful businessman and great family-man. His experience and presence will be missed on the field, but we are hoping that he will continue to be a regular visitor to the club.
“We thank Ben for his contribution and wish he and his young family all the best for the future.”
Head Coach Dan McKellar echoed Thomson’s comments about a player who was part of the fabric of the club for over a decade of service.
“Ben has been at the club for a long period of time and is a guy who is very popular amongst the playing group, is highly respected, and has had a tremendous career having made a significant contribution to the Brumbies,” McKellar said.
“Ben started as a Loose head and moved across to Tight head and, at times through his career, he played one for the Brumbies and different for the Wallabies. That says a lot about his character in that he always did what was best for the team and the group.
“Because of his experience, and the fact he has been around for a long time, he has an opinion that you value, and that knowledge and experience is something that we will miss.”
Alexander’s last match in a Brumbies shirt was the 40-31 win over the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney when he replaced fellow front-rower Nic Mayhew win the 62nd minute. A fitting end to a glorious career.
DOB: 13/11/1984 (age: 34)
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
School: Knox Grammar, Sydney, NSW
Brumby Number: 112
Super Rugby / Brumbies Debut: 2008 v Reds, Canberra
Super Rugby Caps: 154
Super Rugby Points: 105 (21T)
ACT Club: Uni-Norths Owls
Wallaby Number: 824
Test Debut: 2008 v France, Sydney
Test Caps: 72; 20 points (4 tries)