|Galea in 2005|
|Full name||Ben Aaron Galea|
16 August 1978 |
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb) |
|As of 30 March 2013|
|Source: NRL Stats, SL Stats, RLP|
Ben Galea (born 16 August 1978) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. A City New South Wales representative forward, he previously played in Australasia's National Rugby League for the Balmain Tigers and Wests Tigers (with whom he won the 2005 NRL Premiership) and also for English club Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC of Super League.
National Rugby League
In 2000 Galea in made a handful of NRL appearances for the Tigers from the bench. In 2001, Galea became a regular member of the Tigers' team. He represented City and was named the club's player of the year. After missing the first 2 games of the season, he played in every other game.
In 2003, Galea played 14 games before his season ended when he needed a shoulder reconstruction.
Galea played at second-row forward in the 2005 NRL grand final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys. As NRL Premiers Wests travelled to England to play against Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Galea played at lock forward in the Tigers' 30-10 loss.
When Galea moved from the Wests Tigers at the end of the 2007 NRL season, he was the joint venture's second most capped player with 150 games, and second highest try scorer, with 32 tries.
From 2008 to 2012 Galea played in Super League for Hull KR. On 13 September 2012, Galea confirmed that he had reversed his decision to retire in order to sign a one-year deal for former West Tigers assistant Peter Gentle at Hull F.C..
- Junior Club: Penrith and Blacktown Workers
- First Grade Debut: 1999 - Round 14, Balmain v Western Suburbs Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium, 6 June
- Premierships: Member of Wests Tigers 2005 Premiership team
In 2015, he will begin on-field officiating as a pocket referee.
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