Ben Galea

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Ben Galea
Ben Galea (23 April 2005).jpg
Galea in 2005
Personal information
Full name Ben Aaron Galea
Born (1978-08-16) 16 August 1978 (age 38)
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999 Balmain Tigers 2 0 0 0 0
2000–07 Wests Tigers 150 32 0 0 128
2008–12 Hull Kingston Rovers 126 36 0 0 144
2013 Hull F.C. 15 3 0 0 12
Total 293 71 0 0 284
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001 City Origin 1 0 0 0 0
As of 30 March 2013

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 F.C. of Super League.


Galea was born in Parramatta, New South Wales, and is of Maltese descent.[2] While attending Marayong John Paul II, he played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1996.[3]

Playing career[edit]

After Struggling to make an impact in the lower grades at the Parramatta Eels, Galea signed with the newly merged Wests Tigers.

National Rugby League[edit]

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.[4] He represented City and was named the club's player of the year.[5] 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.[6]

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.

Super League[edit]

From 2008 to 2012 Galea played in Super League for Hull F.C. 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..



As of the 2014 NRL season, Galea works regularly as a video referee in the Australian competition.[7]


  1. ^ "Hull KR The Official Site of the Robins". web page. Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Ben Galea". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  5. ^ David Middleton (editor) (2010). "2010 Official Rugby League Annual". Alexandria NSW, 2015: News Magazines for the National Rugby League. 
  6. ^ Greg Prichard (17 August 2003). "Tigers set to turn dollars into sense". Sun Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Carayannis, Michael (7 August 2014). "Bulldogs coach Des Hasler urges NRL to set up video referees' bunker to help ease frustration". Border Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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