19 October 1987 |
Cardiff, Wales, UK
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||17 st 0 lb (108 kg) |
|Position||Prop, Second-row, Loose forward|
|2010||South Wales Scorpions (loan)||4||1||0||0||4|
|As of 6 November 2014|
Ben Flower (born 19 October 1987) is a Welsh international rugby league player for Wigan and the Wales national rugby league team. He previously played for Crusaders. He started his career as a Second-row/Loose forward before moving mainly to Prop when he joined Wigan.
Early career and Crusaders
An under-17 international when at Cardiff Demons, Flower also played for Wales in rugby union at under 18, under 19 and under 20 level. He was signed by the Crusaders from Welsh Premiership rugby union side Bedwas RFC, having also played for regional side Newport Gwent Dragons.
Flower progressed as a rugby league player throughout 2007, starting in Crusaders Colts before becoming a regular in the Crusaders first team and winning his first full Welsh cap in 2008. He played for Crusaders in their first Super League season in 2009, and remained with the club until their departure from the league in 2011, after which he signed for Wigan Warriors.
Flower made 18 appearances in his first season with Wigan. In 2013 he established himself as a first-choice player and was a member of the team that won the 2013 Challenge Cup and the 2013 Super League Grand Final.
Lance Hohaia incident
On 11 October 2014 Flower became the first player to be sent off in a Super League Grand Final after being shown a red card in the second minute of the match for twice punching Lance Hohaia of St Helens, once while Hohaia was prone on the ground. Wigan went on to lose the match after playing with a man down for 78 minutes. Flower was subsequently given a six-month ban by the RFL disciplinary committee, the longest in the competition's history for an on-field act. The attack led to Hohaia's subsequent retirement in April 2015 after being unable to recover from concussion related problems.
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- Crusaders profile
- Newport Gwent Dragons profile
- Off the Pitch: Facts and Success
- Ben Flower on Twitter
- "Wigan Warriors to develop Welsh youngsters". BBC Sport. November 17, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2014.