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Ben Meehan (born 21 January 1993) is an Australian rugby union player who currently plays as a scrum-half for London Irish in the English Championship.

Ben Meehan
Ben Meehan 2014.jpg
Meehan in 2014
Full nameBen Meehan
Date of birth (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight86 kg (13 st 8 lb; 190 lb)
SchoolBrisbane State High
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current team London Irish
Youth Career
2012 Melbourne Storm
2013 Reds Academy
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2017 Rebels 46 (22)
2014−2017 Melbourne Rising 15 (61)
2017− London Irish 40 (85)
Correct as of 30 December 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Australia Under-20 4 (0)
Correct as of 4 December 2014

CareerEdit

Meehan had a strong youth rugby pedigree, representing his home state of Queensland at a number of age-levels and this eventually ended in him being handed a place in the Queensland Reds academy for 2013. He picked up some invaluable experience in his year there, including an appearance against Junior Japan in the 2013 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup. During this time he also played Club Rugby for Sunnybank in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition and had a brief spell in rugby league with the Melbourne Storm where he was a regular with the club's under 20s.[1]

He was handed his big break ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season when he was named as a member of the Melbourne Rebels extended playing squad.[2] He made his super rugby debut during the Rebels first match of the season against the Cheetahs on 28 February 2014, replacing Luke Burgess in the 74th minute in a 35-14 win for his side.[3][4]

On 1 June 2017 it was announced that he had signed for English Premiership side London Irish.[5] Meehan is an England-qualified player through grandparents from Yorkshire.[6]

InternationalEdit

Meehan was a member of the Australia Under-20 side which competed in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France.[7]

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 21 July 2016[8]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2014 Rebels 7 2 5 197 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Rebels 1 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Rebels 15 6 9 611 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
2017 Rebels 10 3 7 396 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Total 33 11 22 1213 4 1 0 0 22 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ben Meehan Melbourne Rebels Player Profile". Rebels Rugby. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Rebels name Extended Playing Squad (EPS) for 2014". Sanzar Rugby. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Rebels 35-14 Toyota Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Melbourne Rebels name debutant Sean McMahon at flanker ahead of Super Rugby clash with Cheetahs". ABC.net. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  5. ^ "NEW SIGNING: London Irish sign Super Rugby scrum-half". London Irish. London Irish Scottish Richmond Ltd. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Ben Meehan interview". The Rugby Paper. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Queensland's Curtis Browning to Captain Australian Under 20s at IRB Junior World Championship". Rugby Australia. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Ben Meehan Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 2 March 2014.