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Jacobs Retires

Ben Jacobs, Wasps

By Klinks
May 26 2016

Wasps today confirm that Australian centre Ben Jacobs will retire from profressional rugby after a memorable career spanning fourteen years.

The laid-back Aussie has become one of the most respected and popular members of the squad during his two spells with the club.

After six years with NSW Waratahs, Jacobs spent a season with Saracens before heading to Wasps in 2009, where he made a formidable impact in black and gold racking up 57 appearances during his first two seasons.

In 2011, he moved to Japanese side Kyuden Voltex for two seasons before migrating back to Australia to join Western Force.

The experienced centre returned to Wasps at the start of the 2013/14 season, where his calm authority and consistency in taking the right option proved hugely beneficial to the developing young side.

This season, Jacobs again played a significant role in Wasps’ success, providing a reassuring presence in midfield with his strong organizational skills and ability to create opportunities for those around him.

The 34-year-old, who has recently become a father for the first time, plans to stay in England and explore coaching opportunities.

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “I’d like to wish Ben and his family all the best as he moves on from rugby. Ben has been a key figure within Wasps’ squad during his two stints with the club and, as a senior member of the team, he has been a great influence within this group on and off the field. Ben has made a big contribution to Wasps over the past few seasons as we’ve worked our way up the table and we wish him the very best for the future.”

Looking back on his career and time with Wasps, Jacobs said: “I have been very fortunate and grateful to play a game I have loved for 14 years. I always dreamed of playing rugby as a young boy and for me, this dream came true.  

“I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone who has helped, encouraged and guided me through my career. I couldn't have done any of this without you. Thank you to NSW Waratahs, Saracens, Kyuden Voltex, Western Force and Wasps for believing in me. 

“I have had a great time at Wasps and have made many lifelong friends. I feel like it is my home away from home and although I am sad to leave, I feel now is the right time. To all those supporters who welcomed me, I say thank you. I will now be focusing on the next chapter of my life, which I'm very excited about especially with the arrival of our first baby boy Kobe. I look forward to watching Wasps continue their resurgence next year and wish the team the best of luck for the future. 

“I would also like to thank Bob Dwyer who signed me to my first professional contract, Ewen McKenzie for giving me my first cap as a Waratah, Eddie Jones for bringing me over to Europe, Tony Hanks and Shaun Edwards for convincing me to sign with Wasps and Dai Young in bringing me back to Wasps. You all have impacted my career and life in such a good way, so thank you.

“A special mention goes to my second family, the Batchelors, who have been amazing and supported me here in the UK. Mum, dad and my two brothers, words can't describe how much you have done and sacrificed, it means the world to me, and finally to my beautiful wife, you are simple stunning and I can't wait for the future with you.”

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26/05/2016 13:13
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brandnewtorugby (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 13:24
Seeking a coaching role? He is very good at organising defence isn't he? I wonder if he will stay and be part of the coaching setup.

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mowen (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 13:51
Would be great to see him slot into the coaching set up. Really rated him and thought that he brought a lot of unseen work to our defence and attack.

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Heathen (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 15:01
A great servant to the club during his two stints with Wasps.

Given that Dai is saying that they have a short list for the vacancy, I wonder if Benny is among them?

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PhilH (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 16:26
Thank you Ben.

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RossM (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 17:38
Very many thanks, Ben. Best wishes for your and your family's future.

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backdoc (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 20:42
From France (drinking in a bar next to Mr Philippe Sella in Agen), thank you Ben
From my seat I believe the 12 position is the most difficult in top level rugby. You have been indomitable in defence, and in attack you have got even better with age.

Re: Jacobs Retires
26/05/2016 20:54
Amazing player and an amazing bloke! All the very very best to Ben and his family, in retirement

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doog (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 22:13
An absolute rock of a player, probably the most chilled out rock ever, but a rock nonetheless. The very best of luck for your coaching career. If you're half as good at that, as you were a team player, you'll be brilliant.
Did I mention he was a rock?

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JF (IP Logged)
26/05/2016 22:40
Twice a Wasp, always a Wasp?

All the best.

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Donnyjeans (IP Logged)
27/05/2016 07:03
During some dark days the Kefu Jacobs centre partnership was one of my all time favourite combinations

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Anonymous User (IP Logged)
27/05/2016 09:44
Never very fast, or hugely powerful or with magic hands or the best kicking game - all in all one of those guys that just goes totally under the radar in an age where pundits only get excited over centres with pace like JJ or builds like Roberts and Manu.

But I think that puts him in very good company - from guys like our own Fraser waters to world class examples like greenwood and Conrad smith.

So much more than a bits and pieces player as whilst he didn't seem to excel at any one physical attribute he was just such a smart reader of the game and pulled the strings like a master.

He's been outstanding for us twice and whatever his coaching plans are I'd love them to involve an assistant role at wasps both with Blackett and within whatever our new defensive set up will be as he could be a really promising young coach to help nurture.

Eddie obviously thinks highly of him too.

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Nigel Med (IP Logged)
27/05/2016 12:52
I was going to make the same comparison as Hucks. Benny is a Will Greenwood-style player and that is high praise for any centre. Rarely does anything headline-grabbing but has a fabulous ability to read a game perfectly, be in exactly the right place and make exactly the right decision which most frequently means being entirely unselfish and supplying an accurate pass for a team mate. Lovely bloke and a great asset to the team, very sad we won't see him in Wasps colours again. Wish him every success with his coaching aspirations.

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Gaz (IP Logged)
27/05/2016 13:01
He was one of the few shining lights of the Tony Hanks era, and he got better in his second spell. He had a run of games in 2015 before his injury that I felt started to set the template for the pattern of play we see now.

Cheers BJ and good luck with the future.

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Aelfrith (IP Logged)
31/05/2016 10:27
Thanks Ben. You were a rock in the "difficult" days which are now behind us (I hope). It would be great to think that your organisational skills could still be available to us somehow.

All the very best to you and your new family.

Aelfrith - Wasps supporter since Sudbury days

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