- Apr 07, 1992
- Luton (England)
Athletic and aggressive, Ben is very much cut in the Lewis Moody mould for several reasons other than his shock of blond hair.
Already a Wanderers regular heading into 2010/11 as an 18-year-old, the committed Academy flanker captained the side before adding first team experience to the list, playing three times in the LV= Cup.
A fine season also encompassed England U19 honours, but if anything Ben picked up his rate of progression in 2011/12, impressing many commentators with his whole-hearted performances during the Rugby World Cup period and earning a promotion into the England U20 setup for the Junior RWC in South Africa.
Despite a wealth of international calibre back row talent at the Gardens, Ben racked up a further 10 first team appearances in 2012/13 and only 20 at the time, captained the Wanderers to a second straight home Aviva 'A' League semi-final.