Ben Cross (rugby league)
|Cross playing for the Knights in 2009.|
|Full name||Benjamin Cross|
|Nickname||Crossy, Big Ben|
6 December 1978 |
Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 9 lb) |
|2008||New South Wales||2||0||0||0||0|
Ben Cross (born 6 December 1978 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for Widnes of the Super League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative prop forward, he previously played for Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights and most recently Wigan.
Ben Cross, also known as "The Boss", had an explosive start to his National Rugby League career with a suspension for striking following his debut match in 2003. He moved to Melbourne Storm and they reached the 2006 NRL Grand Final in which Cross was selected to play from the interchange bench in Melbourne's loss to Brisbane.
There was another citing for contrary conduct was made against him for an incident in the 2007 NRL Telstra Grand Final. The charge resulted in a two-week suspension.
A powerful ball-runner, Ben Cross endeared himself to Melbourne Storm fans with his wholehearted efforts and aggression. He was a member of the losing Grand Final team in 2006.
Late in 2010, Cross resigned with the Knights for 2011, however in October, 2010 Leeds offered Cross a 2-year deal. Cross asked the Knights for a release and it was granted. Cross was then released by Leeds mid season by mutual consent. On 12 July 2011 he joined Wigan until the end of the season, and on the same day it was announced he would join Widnes for the 2012 season.
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