Australian Ben Cross, joined the Rhinos for the start of the 2011 season from NRL side Newcastle Knights, where he played alongside current Rhino Danny Buderus, who highly recommended the giant prop to the Leeds coaching staff.
He is an experienced player who made his debut in the NRL with Canberra Raiders back in 2003 against St George Illawarra where he spent three seasons and made 24 appearances. In 2006 he moved to Melbourne Storm, making 6 appearances in his debut season, before establishing his place in the first team the following season when he was part of the NRL Grand Final winning side, having been in the side that lost in the final twelve months earlier. His form in 2007 earned him a place in the Country v City game.
In 2008 he moved to Newcastle Knights where he appeared 9 times in his debut season and represented New South Wales on two occasions in 2008, where he was captained by Danny Buderus. This was the same year that he was named in Australia's preliminary World Cup squad but missed out on final selection. He had a run of injuries run of injuries including a twice broken thumb, broken wrist, torn knee ligaments, and in 2009 his season was cut short when he ruptured his bicep in the game against Wests Tigers. He came back the following season to make 23 appearances.
Ben is a qualified personal trainer and gym instructor, and before he was a rugby player, he worked as a scaffolder. He lived and played rugby in Paris for a year.
He spent last season working on various events and initiatives to raise funds for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance as part of his "Cross Runs For Your Life" campaign and wore specially designed pink and blue boots throughout the season.
He became a media celebrity in Newcastle over the last few years after becoming a regular guest on a local radio station, coming on every Monday and Friday morning to look ahead or reflect on the weekend’s games.