|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
|IRB World Series||70 events|
Icons are rare and treasured and none more so than Ben Gollings, the world’s most eminent Sevens player. The all-time record points-scorer with 2,652 in 70 tournaments, Ben has surpassed Fiji’s Waisale Serevi, who amassed 1,310 and his 220 tries put him in second place behind Argentina’s Santiago Gomez Cora with 230. He was the third highest points-scorer in the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2010-11with 278 behind Cecil Afrika, of South Africa, who amassed 385 and Tomasi Cama, of New Zealand, with 299.
He had been the top scorer in 2009-10 with 332, ahead of Samoa’s Mikaele Pesamino with 282. Ben ran in 26 tries and landed a massive 101 conversions.
Statistics tell only half of Ben’s story that involves more than a decade on the international Sevens circuit, dating back to when he was 19 years old. He has played in three Commonwealth Games, the RWC Sevens in 2005 and scored a try and conversion to help England to their record fourth consecutive Hong Kong victory in 2006.
Three years on, he converted a try by Isoa Damudamu to enable England to beat hosts New Zealand 19-17 and win the Wellington tournament for the first time. He appeared in his 50th HSBC Sevens event the following week in San Diego. Another vivid triumph followed when he led England to a 29-21 victory over reigning Series champions Samoa in Dubai in December 2010 and to the top of the leader board, ahead of New Zealand, after being runners-up in the second event in George a week later.
Ben emigrated for family reasons to Australia’s Gold Coast in the autumn of 2004 and signed for Sunnybank before playing for Tasman in New Zealand. His next move was to Toyota Shokki in Japan for a season and back to Australia to appear for Gold Coast Breakers.
Ben has other wide-ranging experience in the 15-man game that includes a brief appearance off the bench for the England XV that beat New Zealand Barbarians 42-17 at Twickenham in December 2003. He had already represented England Under 16s, 18s, 19s, Students, while at Brunel University, and A team.
His 82 Guinness Premiership appearances from 1999-2005 were for Harlequins (1999-2003), Newcastle Falcons (2003-04) and Worcester Warriors (2004) in which he scored 151 points, including nine tries.
Ben’s other clubs were Bournemouth, as a youngster, and Doncaster Knights. He was educated in Dorset at Castle Court School and Canford, whom he helped to win the National Schools Sevens in 1997 – a clear pointer to his career path.
Last updated: June 27, 2011