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Ben Galea : biography

16 August 1978 -

Ben Galea (born 16 August 1978 in Parramatta, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for Hull FC in the European Super League. He previously played for the Balmain Tigers and Wests Tigers. Galea primarily plays in the second-row.

Career highlights

  • Junior Club: Penrith and Blacktown Workers
  • First Grade Debut: 1999 - Round 14, Balmain v Western Suburbs Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium, 6 June
  • Premierships: Member of Wests Tigers 2005 Premiership team


Of Maltese descent, while attending Marayong John Paul II, Galea played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1996.

After Struggling to make an impact in the lower grades at the Parramatta Eels, Galea was a member of the newly merged Wests Tigers in 2000, making a handful of appearances from the bench. In 2001, Galea became a regular member of the Tigers' team. He represented City and was named the club's player of the year.

Galea played at second-row forward in the 2005 NRL grand final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.

When Galea moved from the Wests Tigers at the end of the 2007 NRL season, he was the joint venture's second most capped player with 150 games, and second highest try scorer, with 32 tries.

On 13 September 2012, Galea confirmed that he had reversed his decision to retire in order to sign a one year deal for former West Tigers assistant Peter Gentle at Hull F.C..

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