New Zealand veteran Ben Matulino calls time on career

Drew Darbyshire

New Zealand international Ben Matulino has announced his retirement from rugby league with immediate effect.

The 30-year-old will medically retire as approved by the NRL following a serious knee injury.

Matulino has made 248 appearances in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors and Wests Tigers in the NRL, as well as earning 23 caps for New Zealand on the international stage.

Tigers and Kiwis coach Michael Maguire said: “Ben has been a pleasure to coach and has played a key role in helping us set the culture that we want at Wests Tigers.

“He sets a great example for the younger players in the squad and has always displayed a team-first attitude both on and off the field.

“In the international space, Ben has also had a wonderful representative career and has played a key role in the progress of New Zealand Rugby League.

“His efforts for the Kiwi jersey are thoroughly appreciated by all and we wish him well in the future.”

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