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Ben Matulino

Ben Matulino
Matulino during 2013 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ben Andrew Matulino
Born (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 107 kg (236 lb; 16 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008– NZ Warriors 173 15 0 0 60
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– New Zealand 21 1 0 0 4
As of 1 November 2015
Source: [1]

Ben Andrew Matulino (born 3 January 1989 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand national representative front-row forward, he has played his entire NRL career to date with the Warriors. Matulino is the first NRL player that graduated from the NYC to play 150 NRL career matches.[2]

Early years

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Matulino is from Lower Hutt and was educated at St Bernard's College, playing 1st XV rugby union for the College. Matulino decided to convert to rugby league due to lack of game time in union.[3] Matulino was named in the squad to attend the 2005 New Zealand under-16 high performance camp.[4] Matulino won the College Sport Wellington Rugby League player of the year in 2006. Also that year Matulino made the Junior Kiwis, and in 2007 he played for the New Zealand under 18s. Matulino played for Te Aroha Eels before making the Wellington Orcas squad for the Bartercard Cup.[5]

Playing career

2008

Matulino signed with the Newcastle Knights before changing his mind as he wished to stay in New Zealand. Matulino was signed by the New Zealand Warriors soon after.[6] Matulino started the 2008 season playing for the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup. Matulino made his NRL debut in Round 14 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Remondis Stadium off the interchange bench in the Warriors 24–8 loss.[7][8] In Round 22 against the Brisbane Broncos, Matulino scored his first NRL career try in the Warriors 16–12 win at Mt Smart Stadium.[9] In August 2008 he was named in both the Samoan and New Zealand training squads for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup but was not selected in either final 24-man squad.[10][11] Matulino was named in the Toyota Cup Under 20 Team of the Year in 2008 alongside teammate Russell Packer. Matulino finished his Toyota Cup career with thirteen appearances and two tries.[12] Matulino played in 15 matches and scored a try in his debut year in the NRL for the New Zealand Warriors in the 2008 NRL season.

2009

Matulino finished the 2009 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches for the Warriors. Matulino was named in the New Zealand Kiwis 2009 Four Nations squad and made his debut against France on 1 November 2009 in the Kiwis 62–12 shellacking win at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse.[13] Matulino scored his first New Zealand international try in the Kiwis 20–12 loss to England at Alfred McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield.[14] Matulino played in 2 matches of the series.

2010

For the 2010 ANZAC Test, Matulino was selected to play for New Zealand from the interchange bench in their 12–8 loss against Australia at AAMI Park.[15] In 4 August 2010, Matulino extended his contract with the Warriors until 2013.[16] Matulino finished the 2010 NRL season with him playing in all the Warriors 25 matches and scoring 2 tries. Matulino was selected for the New Zealand squad for the 2010 Four Nations series.[17] Matulino played off the interchange bench in Kiwis 16–12 win over Australia at Suncorp Stadium, making Kiwis the 2010 Four Nations champions.[18]

2011

For the 2011 ANZAC Test, Matulino was selected to play for New Zealand from the interchange bench in the Kiwis 20–10 loss against Australia at Cbus Super Stadium.[19] Matulino was selected to play for the Warriors on the interchange bench in the 2011 NRL Grand Final in which the Warriors were defeated 24–10 by the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Matulino finished the 2011 NRL season with him playing in all of the Warriors 28 matches and scoring 2 tries.[20][21] In the post season, Matulino selected for the New Zealand squad for the 2011 Four Nations series, playing in 3 matches.[22]

2012

For the 2012 ANZAC Test, Matulino was selected to play for New Zealand at prop in Kiwis 20–12 loss against Australia at Eden Park.[23] In Round 15 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Remondis Stadium, Matulino played his 100th NRL career match in the Warriors 20–19 loss.[24] In 28 June 2012, Matulino extended his contract his with the Warriors to the of the 2015 season.[25] Matulino finished the 2012 NRL season with him being awarded the Warriors Player of the Year with him playing in 22 matches and scoring 3 tries.[26] In October 2012, Matulino was selected to play for New Zealand in the one off October test at 1300SMILES Stadium off the interchange bench in the Kiwis 18–10 loss.[27]

2013

For the 2013 ANZAC Test, Matulino was selected to play for New Zealand from the interchange bench in the Kiwis 32–12 loss against Australia at Canberra Stadium.[28] Matulino finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in all of the Warriors 24 matches and scoring a try. In the post season, Matulino was included in the New Zealand 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad,[29] playing in 5 matches including playing off the interchange bench in the Kiwis 34–2 loss to Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford.[30]

2014

In Round 24 against the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium, Matulino played his 150th match in the Warriors 46–12 loss.[31] Matulino is the first player in the NRL who graduated from the NYC to play in 150 matches.[2] Matulino finished off the Warriors 2014 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 4 tries. On 7 September, Matulino was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis 2014 Four Nations 24-man squad.[32]

2015

On 16 January 2015, Matulino was named in the Warriors 2015 Auckland Nines squad.[33] On 5 February, Matulino re-signed with the New Zealand Warriors on a 2-year contract to the end of the 2017 season.[34] Matulino was selected for New Zealand in the 2015 ANZAC Test against Australia at Prop in the Kiwis 26-12 win at Suncorp Stadium.[35] Matulino finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Warriors. On 8 September 2015, Matulino was named in the New Zealand Kiwis' training squad.[36] On 15 September 2015, Matulino was named as the New Zealand Warriors' player of the year for the second time in four years.[37]

References

  1. ^ Ben Matulino rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ a b http://www.nrl.com/game-150-just-another-match-for-matulino/tabid/10874/newsid/81164/default.aspx
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  4. ^ Big Vodafone Warriors Flavour in Squads Official Warriors Website
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  6. ^ ABs to thank for Matulino staying with Warriors stuff.co.nz, 11 May 2013
  7. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-06-14/sharks-do-it-ugly-over-warriors/2471654
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  9. ^ http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/sport/broncos-trip-up-in-auckland/2008/08/09/1218139168455.html
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  12. ^ Ben Matulion nzleague.co.nz
  13. ^ http://leagueunlimited.com/news/new-zealand-hit-france-with-full-force?redo=1
  14. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/nov/07/four-nations-england-new-zealand
  15. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/kangaroos-v-new-zealand-trans-tasman-test-at-aami-park-in-melbourne/story-e6frep5x-1225863712628
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  17. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/4198067/Kiwi-squad-for-Four-Nations-announced
  18. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/kangaroos-crack-again-as-new-zealand-wins-four-nations-final-16-12/story-e6frf56c-1225953277821
  19. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/australia-beat-new-zealand-20-10-in-league-test-on-gold-coast/story-e6frexni-1226051437307
  20. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/in-2011-nrl-grand-final/story-e6frexnr-1226156196268
  21. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/marks-for-all-17-warriors-players-in-their-24-10-loss-to-manly-in-the-nrl-grand-final/story-fn2mcuj6-1226156791953
  22. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/kangaroos/nine-players-from-2011-nrl-grand-final-named-in-new-zealands-squad-for-upcoming-four-nations/story-fn2mcuhw-1226158248831
  23. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/lowdown-on-test-blockbuster/story-e6frexni-1226334489834
  24. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/cronulla-sharks-host-the-warriors-in-round-15-nrl-clash-at-toyota-stadium/story-fn2mcuj6-1226397529021
  25. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/7188730/Ben-Matulino-sticking-with-Warriors-long-term
  26. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/ben-matulino-named-new-zealand-warriors-player-of-the-year/story-e6frexnr-1226487771242
  27. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/kangaroos/australia-grind-it-out-in-second-half-to-win-18-10-over-new-zealand-in-townsville-test-match/story-fn2mcuhw-1226495026875
  28. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/australia-beats-new-zealand-32-12-at-canbera-stadium/story-e6frexnr-1226624627487
  29. ^ http://www.rlwc2013.com/rugby-league-world-news/article/1446/world-cup-final-programme-tribute
  30. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyleague/article-2516064/Australia-34-New-Zealand-2-Kangaroos-crowned-world-champions.html
  31. ^ http://www.nrl.com/roosters-on-fire-in-warriors-rout/tabid/10874/newsid/81265/default.aspx
  32. ^ http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/kiwis-nations-train-on-squad/
  33. ^ http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/warriors-2015-nines-squad/
  34. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/65842672/front-rower-ben-matulino-resigns-with-new-zealand-warriors
  35. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/anzac-test-new-zealands-comprehensive-defeat-of-australia-could-spell-the-end-for-coach-tim-sheens-and-several-veterans/story-fnp0lyn6-1227332702787?sv=f3d418ca4a521569dcbcb20205b8ba20
  36. ^ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=11509658
  37. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/72086197/ben-matulino-wins-warriors-player-of-year-award-for-second-time

External links

  • New Zealand Warriors profile
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