A New Zealander of Samoan extraction, Ben Te’o qualifies for England through his mother and also by joining Worcester Warriors in 2016.
After crossing codes, Ben made his England debut two months before his 30th birthday. He came off the bench to play fly half against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium in November 2016. He reverted to his more familiar role at centre against Fiji and Australia in the weeks that followed.
Ben’s first Test try came on his Six Nations debut only 98 seconds after he had taken the field against France in February 2017 as a replacement for George Ford.
Ben featured in all of England’s 2018 Six Nations Championship matches.
He had a traumatic start to his career with PRO14 side Leinster when sustaining a broken arm 19 minutes into his debut in the 33-18 win over Edinburgh in August 2014, less than a month after winning the National Rugby League Premiership with South Sydney Rabbitohs.
A second-row forward in the 13-side game, he moved to centre after his switch of codes and went on to play 36 times for the Irish province where he honed his skills alongside Ireland regulars Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton before being recruited by the Warriors.
Auckland-born Ben, who has also played for the West Tigers and Brisbane Broncos in Australia, had reached a career milestone when making his 150th National Rugby League appearance.
He also marked his senior international debut for Samoa with two tries against France in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
He played league for a decade in Australia after going there as a 17-year-old and his next rugby adventure began with his Premiership debut for the Warriors against Saracens in September 2016 and a maiden try against Gloucester in his second match.
He made ten appearances in the competition and scored three tries before his impressive debut for the British & Irish Lions against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Whangarei in the opening match of the 2017 tour.
Three weeks later, he played in the first Test against the All Blacks at Auckland.
10 points - 2T
2016 SA(R) Fj(R), A(R) 2017 F(R), W(R), It, S(R), I(R) 2018 It, W(R), S(R), F, I, SA, NZ, A
Lions: 2017 NZ(1)
Last updated: 16 January 2019