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Ben Roberts (rugby league)

Benjamin Tapuloa Roberts (born 8 July 1985) is a professional rugby league footballer who last played as a fullback, stand-off or scrum-half for the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He is a former New Zealand and Samoan international.

Ben Roberts
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Personal information
Full nameBenjamin Tapuloa Roberts[1]
Born (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 34)
Westmead, New South Wales, Australia
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)[2]
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Halfback, Hooker, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–11 Canterbury Bulldogs 93 10 0 1 41
2012–13 Parramatta Eels 37 2 1 0 10
2014 Melbourne Storm 18 2 3 0 14
2015–19 Castleford Tigers 78 22 0 2 90
Total 226 36 4 3 155
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–07 New Zealand 5 0 3 0 6
2008–17 Samoa 12 4 9 0 34
As of 22 March 2019
Source: [3][4]

BackgroundEdit

Roberts was born in Westmead, New South Wales, Australia. He is of Samoan and New Zealand descent and is the cousin of soccer players Tim Cahill and Chris Cahill.

Roberts was educated at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow. He then studied at Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield, alongside former Sharks centre Dean Collis where he represented 2003 Australian Schoolboys.

Playing careerEdit

 
Roberts in action for the Canterbury Bulldogs

Joining the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2006 as a five-eighth, Roberts was originally recruited from Western Suburbs Magpies before became a regular member of the NSWRL Premier League team. In 2007, he has started in halfback in the early rounds due to injury to regular playmaker Brent Sherwin. With Sherwin's return from injury and form, Roberts was shifted to five-eighth.

He made his second international appearance for the New Zealand Kiwis on Friday 20 April at the 2007 ANZAC Test against the Australia national rugby league team in Brisbane. In February 2008,Roberts was arrested by police who were forced to use capsicum spray on the player after an altercation outside the Glasshouse Tavern in Wollongong. He was later fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to assaulting police and resisting arrest.[5]

He was named in the New Zealand and Samoan extended training squads for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[6][7] In the end he was selected in the Samoan squad for the tournament.

5 years later he was selected for Samoa in April 2013, for a test match against Tonga in Penrith, New South Wales. Later in the year he was selected for Samoa again, but this time for their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. He featured in all four games that the Samoans played, scoring two tries. He scored one try against heavyweights New Zealand in an entertaining 42–24 defeat. He scored his second try in Samoa's 38–4 thrashing of The Kumuls.

On 17 May 2011 Roberts signed a two-year deal with The Parramatta Eels.[8] Roberts was a member of The Parramatta sides which finished last in 2012 and 2013.[9]

On 23 January 2014, it was announced he had signed on with the Melbourne Storm for the 2014 season. In round 1 of the 2014 NRL season, Roberts made his début for the Storm against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

On 7 October 2014, Roberts was selected in the Samoan 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[10][11]

Super League careerEdit

On 7 July 2014, it was announced that Roberts signed a contract to play for the Super League club the Castleford Tigers in 2015.[12]

He played his first Super League game against the Catalans Dragons in the second round of the season. He scored his first Super League try against the Warrington Wolves in round 9.

Roberts scored in Castleford's opening home fixture against Wakefield in round 2 of the 2016 season. The following season, Roberts played in the 2017 Super League Grand Final defeat to the Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.[13][14][15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ROBERTS, BENJAMIN TAPULOA 2006 – 2007 – KIWI #727 Archived 23 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ "Castleford Tigers 1st Team Ben Roberts". Official Castleford Tigers web site. Castleford Tigers Rugby League Football Club Ltd. 2015. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Ben Roberts - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  4. ^ "Players - Love Rugby League".
  5. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/599407/Leagues-off-field-incidents-during-centenary-year
  6. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 8 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  8. ^ "Eels win race for Roberts".
  9. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-23/roberts2c-romelo-sign-with-storm/5216118
  10. ^ Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad. NRL.com. Retrieved on 21 September 2016.
  11. ^ Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad Archived 3 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Zero Tackle (7 October 2014). Retrieved on 2016-09-21.
  12. ^ Ben Roberts: Castleford Tigers sign Melbourne Storm playmaker – BBC Sport. Bbc.com (7 July 2014). Retrieved on 2016-09-21.
  13. ^ "Castleford 6-24 Leeds: Grand Final 2017 – as it happened". Guardian. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Grand Final 2017: Castleford 6-24 Leeds Rhinos". BBC Sport. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Danny McGuire guides Leeds to Grand Final success over Castleford". Guardian. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/castleford-tigers/castleford-tigers-ben-roberts-will-be-a-real-threat-from-full-back-insists-daryl-powell-1-8901037

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