Ben Woods

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Ben Woods
Birth nameBen Woods
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 36)
Place of birthBarnsley, Yorkshire
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight107 kg (16 st 12 lb) [1]
SchoolQueen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
UniversityHatfield College, Durham
Hughes Hall, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers
Correct as of 13 June 2009
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2012 England Saxons 8 (0)

Benjamin Woods (born 9 June 1982) is a retired rugby union player who played for Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers as an openside flanker.

Woods started his professional career at Newcastle Falcons in 2003 but suffered a badly broken leg at the end of his first season and was sidelined for 18 months. On his return to the game he quickly made his mark on the Falcons first team and earned a call up to play for the England Saxons in the 2006 Churchill Cup.[2]

He was also selected for 2007 Churchill Cup.[3] Woods played in the Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008 at Welford Road.[4]

Woods left the Falcons and moved to Leicester Tigers in 2008 along with Toby Flood.[5]

Injury to Lewis Moody allowed Woods to make his mark at Leicester and he played in 23 games for them in his first season, culminating in a try scoring appearance in the 2009 Heineken Cup Final.[6]

Woods started in all three games of the 2009 Churchill Cup.[7]

He captained Tigers for the first time in the vital LV= Cup win at Harlequins in 2011/12.


On 5 September 2012, Woods announced via Twitter that he would be retiring from rugby due to a wrist injury.[8]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ "England Saxons 7–13 Scotland A". BBC. 2006-06-03. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "England Saxons 51–3 USA". BBC. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  4. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  5. ^ Wildman, Rob (2008-05-05). "Defiant Newcastle dent Leicester's hopes". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  6. ^ "Leicester 16–19 Leinster". BBC. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  7. ^ "Ireland A 49–22 England Saxons". BBC. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  8. ^ "Woods Retires". Leicester Tigers. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2012-09-05.

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