Former Junior All Black, Waikato Chiefs and Western Force prop Ben Castle joined the ranks at Rodney Parade for the 2009-2010 season on a three-year deal. Castle is renowned for his skill in the scrum where his power and ability to play on either side of the front row will reinforce the Dragons’ pack.
The former captain of New Zealand provincial side Bay of Plenty won 42 Super Rugby caps with the Chiefs during his five seasons in New Zealand after debuting against the Crusaders in 2004. He also represented the Junior All Blacks against Australia A at the Sydney Football Stadium in 2005.
After a stint with French giants Toulon, Ben represented Western Force as their marquee international player in the Super 14 in 2009.
Ben sustained a bicep injury in the Dragons pre-season friendly match against Coventry and had surgery at the end of September 2009.
He returned to action in January 2010 against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup and became a regular fixture in the side for the rest of the 2009/2010 season, scoring his first try for the region in the derby game against the Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade.
The 2010/2011 season saw Ben a fairly regular member of the Dragons squad, often in the starting line-up.
2011/2012 began with Ben starting the first 2 league games, away at Munster and Leinster before incurring the hamstring injury which has since kept him out of the side.
In September 2011 Ben sustained a back injury against Leinster and was forced to retire from rugby in January 2012.
Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts
2009/2010 11 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 5
Matches Played In 2009/2010
2010/2011 21 5 1 15 0 0 0 0 0
Matches Played In 2010/2011
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