Brumbies' record holder Ben Alexander retires from rugby

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander has retired from rugby after a decorated Test and Super Rugby career.

Alexander, who played 72 Tests for the Wallabies, will finish as the Brumbies' games record holder with 154 Super Rugby caps.

The prop showed his versatility throughout a long career, playing on both sides of the scrum in Tests and Super Rugby.

Alexander played his final Super Rugby match in Sydney in July, a 40-31 win against the Waratahs.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Alexander's presence would be missed around the group.

"Ben has been at the club for a long period of time and is a guy who is very popular amongst the playing group, is highly respected, and has had a tremendous career having made a significant contribution to the Brumbies,” he said.

“Ben started as a loosehead and moved across to tighthead and, at times through his career, he played one for the Brumbies and different for the Wallabies.

"That says a lot about his character in that he always did what was best for the team and the group.

“Because of his experience, and the fact he has been around for a long time, he has an opinion that you value, and that knowledge and experience is something that we will miss.”

Ben Alexander will stay on 142 caps for another month. Photo: Getty ImagesAlexander had been in and out of the Brumbies team this year but CEO Michael Thompson said his value to the club and the wider rugby community had certainly not diminished.

“Ben has been a loyal club man and incredible talent,” Brumbies CEO Michael Thompson said.

“Not only is he a tremendous rugby player, Ben is also a wonderful man and is a very popular person amongst the players, staff and supporters.

"His commitment to the club is second-to-none and is exemplified by his retirement as our record cap holder.

“To play over 150 matches in Super Rugby for one team is testament to his qualities but, to everyone who knows him, Ben is so much more than a rugby player, being the successful businessman and great family-man.

"His experience and presence will be missed on the field, but we are hoping that he will continue to be a regular visitor to the club.

“We thank Ben for his contribution and wish he and his young family all the best for the future.”