|Full name||Benjamin Te'o|
27 January 1987 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb; 234 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Lock, Centre|
|As of 18 March 2017
Source: NRL Stats
Ben Te'o (born 27 January 1987 in New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for Worcester Warriors and represents England at international level. He previously played rugby league for the Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs, represented Samoa at international level and Queensland in the State of Origin series.
He plays at outside centre for England, and made his international starting debut on 26 February 2017, against Italy during the six nations.
Te'o was born in New Zealand; his father is Samoan and his mother is English. He was a Hibiscus Coast Raiders junior, and was selected to play for the New Zealand Under 16s in 2003 and was also a member of the 2005 Junior Kiwis. He also played rugby union as a junior. Te'o moved to Australia at the age of 17 and lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland, playing rugby league with Keebra Park State High School.
Rugby league career
In the 2007 NRL season Te'o debuted for the Wests Tigers in Round 9 against the St George Illawarra Dragons and scored his first try in first grade the next week against the New Zealand Warriors. Te'o played 14 games and scored 2 tries in the 2007 season. In September 2007, he was called into the New Zealand Kiwis train-on squad with several other Wests Tigers players but was not selected for the tour of Great Britain. Te'o played 22 games and score 8 tries in the 2008 NRL season.
He was named in the Samoa squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He was overlooked for the first two Samoa matches, but made his international debut on 9 November at CUA Stadium against France, scoring two tries.
Te'o played 18 games and scored 4 tries in his first year for the Broncos in 2009.
In May 2010, he was named in the Queensland Maroons squad to play against the Blues. Te'o pledged his allegiance to the Australia and the Maroons being named as the 18th man for Game 1.
It was announced on 5 June 2010, that Te'o had signed a contract extension which would see him remain at the Broncos until the end of the 2012 season.
On 2 May 2012, it was announced Te'o had agreed to terms with the South Sydney Rabbitohs up until the end of the 2015 NRL season. Later that year, he was selected to make Origin debut for the Maroons in game 3.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Te’o joined the Rabbitohs in 2013. Te’o represented Queensland and was selected in the Australian squad in 2012. Keen to establish himself as a starting forward in the Rabbitohs pack in 2013.
Te'o played all three games of the 2013 State of Origin series from the interchange bench, helping Queensland extend their record for consecutive series victories to eight. In the 2014 pre-season Te'o played for the Rabbitohs in the 2014 NRL Auckland Nines tournament. He played from the interchange bench in all three games of the 2014 State of Origin series, which Queensland lost.
On 4 June 2014, Te'o announced that he would be leaving the Rabbitohs at the end of the season.
Te'o played in the Rabbitohs premiership winning side in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.
Rugby union career
On 12 August 2014, Leinster announced Te'o had signed to play for them after the end of the 2014 NRL season. Te'o broke his arm within the first twenty minutes of his Leinster professional debut. After only three weeks he was named in the starting squad for Leinster after coach Matt O'Connor described him as an outstanding athlete.
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