Wasps centre calls it quits

Date published: May 26 2016

Wasps centre Ben Jacobs is set to retire, the Premiership side announced on Thursday, after a memorable fourteen year career span.

The Australian has become one of the most respected and popular members of the squad during his two spells at Wasps.

After six years with the Waratahs, Jacobs spent a season with Saracens before heading to Wasps in 2009, where he made a formidable impact for the Ricoh Arena outfit, amassing 57 caps.   

In 2011, he moved to Japan side Kyuden Voltex for two seasons before migrating back to Australia to join the 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.

I’d like to wish Ben and his family all the best as he moves on from rugby," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told the Wasps official website.

"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 reflected on the time he spent with all the sides that he has been involved with, expressing his gratitude towards all the role players involved both on and off the field. 

"Thank you to 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.

"Finally to my beautiful wife, you are simple stunning and I can't wait for the future with you."