Ben Ross

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Personal information
Full nameBenjamin David Ross
Born (1980-05-23) 23 May 1980 (age 39)
Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Position Prop
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2002 St. George Illawarra 80000
2003–05 Penrith Panthers 5640016
2006–09 Cronulla Sharks 452008
2010–11 South Sydney 241004
2012–13 Cronulla Sharks 411004
Total17480032
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2004–05 Queensland 60000
Source: [1]

Benjamin David "Ben" Ross (born 23 May 1980) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 2000s and 2010s. A Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he played in the National Rugby League for the St. George Illawarra Dragons, Penrith Panthers, with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68 m wide and 112-122 m long. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Queensland rugby league team

The Queensland rugby league team represents the Australian state of Queensland in rugby league football. Nicknamed the "Maroons", after the colour of their jersey, the team plays three times a year against arch-rivals New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Coached by Kevin Walters and captained by Daly Cherry-Evans, the team is administered by the Queensland Rugby League and plays all of its home matches at Brisbane's Lang Park.

The State of Origin series is an annual best-of-three rugby league matches between two Australian state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.

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Background

Ross was born in Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia.

Chinchilla, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Chinchilla is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. At the 2016 census, Chinchilla had a population of 6,612.

He played junior football for the Nambour Crushers.

Nambour Crushers Rugby League Football Club is an Australian rugby league football club based in Nambour, Queensland formed in 1955. The club was established when two Nambour local teams merge; South Magpies and the All Whites.

Playing career

In 2002, Ross made his NRL debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons in a match against the Melbourne Storm.

Melbourne Storm rugby league football club

The Melbourne Storm are a rugby league team based in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, that participate in the National Rugby League. The first fully professional rugby league team based in the state, the Storm entered the competition in 1998. The Storm were originally a Super League initiative, created in 1997 during the Super League war, however, following the Super League collapse, the team became a part of the newly formed, united competition. The club play their home games at AAMI Park. The Storm have won three premierships since their inception, in 1999, 2012 and 2017, have contested several more grand finals and were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships, following salary cap breaches. The Storm also competed in the NRL's Under-20s competition from 2008 until its demise in 2017 and now in 2018 have entered the in the Hastings Deering Colts u20s QLD competition. In addition, the club has also expanded into netball with a joint venture with University of the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Lightning commenced playing in the National Netball League in 2017.

Signing with Penrith in 2003, Ross helped to kick the season off to a blistering start after becoming involved in a brawl with Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis. Ross was on the receiving end of a series of upper-cut punches thrown by Tallis when Brisbane met Penrith in the first round of the year. Both players were sent off for ten minutes and no further action was taken by the NRL Judiciary. The Australian Football League (AFL) CEO, Wayne Jackson, used the incident to criticise the rival code which led to cross-border media exchanges. [2] [3] NRL CEO, David Gallop, ordered a policy change which would enable players to be charged for on-field fights. [4]

Brisbane Broncos rugby league football club

The Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Football Club Ltd., commonly referred to as the Broncos, are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland. Founded in April 1988, the Broncos play in Australia's elite competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. They have won six premierships, including two NSWRL titles, a Super League premiership and three NRL premierships. They also have two World Club Challenges. The Broncos have achieved four minor premierships during their 29 years in multiple competitions, making them Rugby League's most successful club over the past three decades. Until 2015, Brisbane had never been defeated in a grand final, and since 1991, have only failed to qualify for the finals twice. They are one of the most successful clubs in the National Rugby League since it began in 1998, winning three premierships. It is also one of the most successful clubs in the history of rugby league, having won 62.5% of games played since its induction in 1988, second only to Melbourne Storm with 65.2%. Since the club's founding, Brisbane has never received the wooden spoon.

Gorden Tallis Australian rugby league footballer and administrator

Gorden James Tallis is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative second-row forward, he captained both these teams as well as the Brisbane Broncos with whom he won the 1997, 1998 and 2000 Grand Finals, after starting his career with the St. George Dragons in Sydney. Nicknamed the "Raging Bull" for his on-field aggression, at the peak of his career Tallis was considered as the best second-row forward in the world and in 2008 was named in an Indigenous Australian rugby league team of the century. He is currently a commentator and pundit for the Fox Sports network. He served as a National Rugby League board member and was a member of the board of directors for the North Queensland Cowboys. Tallis also worked on the coaching staff of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The NRL Judiciary is the disciplinary judiciary of the National Rugby League (NRL), a rugby league competition. The Judiciary regulates the conduct of players, referees, and other officials associated with the NRL and its clubs.

Ross was a member of the Panthers' 2003 NRL grand final-winning team, playing from the interchange bench in their 18–6 win over the Sydney Roosters. As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Ross played from the interchange bench in the Penrith's 22-4 loss. Following his successful season at Penrith, Ross was selected to represent Queensland as an interchange for all six games of the 2004 and 2005 State of Origin series.

Sydney Roosters Professional Australian Rugby League team

The Sydney Roosters is an Australian professional rugby league football club. They are based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs. The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. As a franchise, the Eastern Suburbs/Sydney City/Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, tying them with the St George Dragons. Only South Sydney Rabbitohs have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history, and has won more minor premierships than any other club. The Roosters is one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in its inaugural season. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the "glamour club" of the league. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, the Roosters play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Tetley's Super League VIII was the official name for the year 2003's Super League championship season, the 109th season of top-level professional rugby league held in Britain, and the eighth championship run by Super League.

Bradford Bulls professional rugby league club in Bradford

The Bradford Bulls are a professional rugby league club in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England, currently playing in the Championship. They have won the Challenge Cup five times, the league championship six times and the World Club Challenge three times. Having vacated Odsal Stadium, Bradford intend to play their home games next year at Tetley’s Stadium. The team jersey is white with red, amber and black chevrons.

Although signed with Penrith until the end of 2007, Penrith announced they would have to release Ross due to salary-cap concerns. [5] Ross joined the Cronulla Sharks in 2006 but had little game time that year due to injury. In round 8, playing against his previous club, Penrith, Ross damaged his left knee tackling former flat-mate, Joel Clinton, in the first few minutes of the match. [6] He was able to participate in the majority of the 2007 season but was side-lined for the remainder of the season.

In 2008 Ross was knocked out in the Sharks' season opener against the Sea Eagles but miraculously recovered to play in the team's round two encounter against the Storm in Melbourne. Ross in that match was sent off late in the second half for his late charge on Storm halfback Cooper Cronk which subsequently earned him a seven-match suspension.

After suffering neck injury playing for Cronulla in the opening round of the 2009 NRL season Ross was sidelined for the remainder of the season. Vowing to return to the playing field, he was thrown a lifeline by the South Sydney Rabbitohs who gave him a contract. After undergoing surgery and rehabilitation, almost two years later Ross made his return to the playing field for the Rabbitohs in the 2010 NRL season. [7]

Ross announced his retirement at the end of the 2013 NRL season. In the 2014 pre-season he rejected an offer to play in the Super League for the London Broncos, preferring to take up a welfare management role with the Men of League Foundation. [8]

Career highlights

Off-field

Ross was crowned the Sexiest Man in League in 2005 following a nationwide phone poll. [ citation needed ] Later that year he was one of twelve of the Hottest Players in the NRL that posed for the League Of Their Own 2006 calendar that was produced in the style of the Dieux du Stade calendars to raise money for the Koori Kids foundation.

In 2006, Ross again posed in the nude for the Naked Rugby League 2007–08 charity calendar, with its sales to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia.

On 11 June 2015, while participating in an arm wrestling match against Wendell Sailor on The NRL Footy Show , Ross received a spiral fracture of the humerus and was immediately rushed to hospital. [9]

Footnotes

  1. RLP
  2. "Broncos boss slams 'hypocrite' Jackson". ABC News. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  3. Hinds, Richard (2 May 2003). "Please explain, Wayne Jackson". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  4. "Tallis should have been cited: NRL chief". ABC News. 18 March 2003. Archived from the original on 26 March 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  5. Ritchie, Dean (1 July 2005). "Maroons star goes up for sale". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 19 January 2008.[ dead link ]
  6. Mascord, Steve (29 April 2006). "Ross return ruined by injury". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 19 January 2008.[ dead link ]
  7. AAP (5 February 2011). "Ben Ross in emotional return to big league". The Australian . Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. skysports.com (20 January 2014). "Ben Ross rejected London Broncos to take up welfare manager role". Sky Sports . Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  9. The Footy Show: Former NRL player Ben Ross taken to hospital after arm wrestle with Wendell Sailor

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