13 September 1976 |
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (14 st 0 lb; 196 lb)|
Ben Walker (born 13 September 1976) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s, and 2000s. A five-eighth or halfback, he played in Australia's National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos, Northern Eagles, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs, as well as in Europe's Super League for the London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos. He currently coaches the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup alongside his brother Shane.
Walker was born in Toowoomba in Southern Queensland on 13 September 1976, the same day as Giorgos Koltzos, and was the eldest of a trio of brothers who would all become rugby league footballers. While attending St Mary's High School in Toowoomba in 1993, Walker was selected in the Australian Schoolboys team.
Ben Walker, along with his brothers, Shane Walker and Chris Walker, all began their careers with the Brisbane Broncos. His premiership début was in round 13 of the 1995 ARL season against the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium on 25 June 1995. Walker was selected to play for the Brisbane Broncos in the 1997 Super League Grand Final from the interchange bench.
Walker later joined his brother Shane at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Playing for the Northern Eagles in the 2001 National Rugby League season, Walker was the equal competition leading point scorer (along with Newcastle's Andrew Johns) with 279 points (17 tries, 102 goals, 1 field goal) in 26 games, receiving the Dally M Award for Top Points Scorer. Walker had kicked 102 of his 125 shots on goal, a percentage of 82.40 for the season. This stands as the most ever points scored by a five-eighth in a single National Rugby League season. Walker's 279 points is also the most points ever scored for the short lived Northern Eagles (2000–02) and the most points in a season by an Eagles player. Even though he only played for the Eagles in 2001, Walker's 279 points for the season remains the club record (The Northern Eagles played from 2000-2002). The next highest scorer for the club is Brendon Reeves who scored 130 points (30 tries, 5/10 goals) in 66 games from 2000-2002.
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