Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 04:50 AM

Ben Tapuai joins Western Force

Queensland Reds centre Ben Tapuai will join the Western Force in 2016, following seven years at Ballymore.

Tapuai made his Reds debut in 2009 and has played 67 games for Queensland. He has also played seven Tests for the Wallabies since making his debut for Australia in 2011.

As a teenager, Tapuai honed his skills at The Southport School on the Gold Coast, in the same side which featured current Reds captain James Slipper and vice-captain Rob Simmons.

While part of the Reds training squad since 2009, he signed his first full contract ahead of the 2011 season, which saw him in arguably career-best form – helping the Reds win a Super Rugby title and later making his Test debut on the Wallabies Spring Tour. Tapuai’s 2015 season has been one frustrated by injury, with a pre-season hamstring tweak limiting him to just 10 performances.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said: “It’s the nature of professional sport, but unfortunately Ben has suffered a few injuries and the good form of Samu (Kerevi) kept him on the bench in 2015.

“We wish him well and are happy he has been given the opportunity continue his Super Rugby career at the Force.”

Ben Tapuai

Position: Centre

Height: 180cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: 19/01/1989

POB: Brisbane, QLD

School: The Southport School

Club: Sunnybank

Representative honours: Australian Schoolboys (2006-2007), Australian Under 20s (2008), Australian Wallabies (2011-)

Queensland debut: 2009 v Crusaders, Christchurch

Queensland caps: 67

Queensland points: 40 (8T)

Super Rugby debut: 2009 v Crusaders, Christchurch

Super Rugby caps: 66

Super Rugby points: 40 (8T)

Test Rugby debut: 2011 v Wales, Cardiff

Test Rugby caps: 7

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