Player Ben Henry

Iafetas Kickstand Wang

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 21, 2012
2,098
Always struck me as a very humble young man. I watched him in NYC and didn't really see the hype. But his strike rate for a back rower in NRL is very impressive, 17 tries in 52 games, for a back rower that's some going. While his average metres per game were never huge, he did make good metres per run and his foot work troubled opponents a bit.

I think he was going to be a good solid player. And with his leadership, humility, and resilience I think much the same as Elijah Taylor was, I think Benry was pegged as a future leader.

Massive pity but also a sense of relief that now he won't have to constantly rehab and hopefully he can enjoy full movement with his knee later in life.

Thanks Benry, never doubted your commitment pal.
 

diehard

1st Grade Fringe
Jan 27, 2016
1,787
Lol that's cold. But yes it is truely sad to see such a nice young man having to pull the pin on a promising career at a young age then u see those dirty shit pricks like Josh Reynolds and Mick Innes still playing. Just not fair.
I know, my bad. I do like Benry, just hate paying him each year for not playing. He would have been a perfect utility player for us in Cappy's system.
 

rugged

1st Grade Fringe
May 1, 2012
2,210
I am picking Henry would have only been paid slightly more than minimum wage with his injury history right?
 

tajhay

Negative Nancy
Mar 30, 2012
10,498
Sydney
For first tier fighters?
80k is the minimum NRL first grade contract.
Top 25 players salary account for in the team's first grade salary cap.
For example, even though Sione Louisi is alleged to be paid over the min salary cap, and is not really in the first grade's plans, his salary still counts towards our salary cap.
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Henry retirement hits Paasi hard
Sat 06 Aug, 2016, 2:45pm
By Tony Webeck ‌, Chief Queensland Correspondent , NRL.com
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Agnatius Paasi celebrates the Warriors' under-20s grand final win in 2011. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.

When the Warriors won the National Youth Competition in 2011 captain Ben Henry was one of many the club held high hopes for.

A young man who conducted himself with maturity beyond his years, Henry was seen as a future leader at the club not only by those in prominent positions but the teammates who played alongside him.

Agnatius Paasi was one of those teammates and two years after dragging himself up off the rugby league scrapheap he took a moment this week to remember the contribution of a mate who has been forced to retire at just 24 years of age.

A patella injury in Round 1 to the same left knee that had to undergo season-ending reconstructions in 2013 and 2015 not only brought Henry's 2016 campaign to an end but also ultimately ended his career in the NRL.

A one-time Test representative for New Zealand, Henry should have been lining up against former teammates from that NYC team in Paasi and Konrad Hurrell in Sunday's blockbuster between the Warriors and Titans but is instead planning for what life after football will hold.

It's a scenario Paasi faced himself when told by Warriors coach Andrew McFadden at the end of the 2014 season that the club would not be renewing his contract and why he is committed to making the most out of every chance that comes his way at the Titans.

"I just take every opportunity as I can," Paasi told NRL.com.

"I don't take anything for granted. With Ben and his injuries upon injuries I'm just happy that I don't have any major injuries and I'm playing week in and week out and getting my body used to playing footy each week. Getting that recovery bit right every single week just to feel 100 per cent leading up to the game.

"His luck with injury was devastating. Three or four times done his knee and it was a sad moment when I saw on Facebook.

"I was pretty sad. Playing with him in 20s, he's a good bloke, humble, doesn't talk up too often but if he did he inspired the team back when he was captain."

Paasi has lined up against the club who brought him through and gave him his NRL debut twice without success since arriving on the Gold Coast on a 'train and trial' contract but is now a key member of a team in the rugby league spotlight like never before.

In the hysteria of Jarryd Hayne's return to the NRL against the Warriors the match-up between Konrad Hurrell and Solomone Kata has been somewhat swept aside but Paasi is expecting something special from 'Koni' in his first game against his former club.

In racking up 192 running metres in each of his first two home games as a Titan – not to mention a try, two try assists and 11 tackle busts – Hurrell has quickly become a fan favourite but faces a stern test against fellow Tongan international Kata.

"Hopefully he can have a good battle against Solomone Kata and we can bring that energy off the bench," Paasi said of the Kiwi connection within the Titans that also includes Leivaha Pulu.

"He did a great job with the other outside backs against the Sharks, bringing the ball back, and hopefully the boys start off strong and we'll bring that energy off the bench with me, Jarryd Hayne if he plays, Vaha Pulu and whoever the other one is."

Captain Ryan James is also expecting something special from the 'Hurrellcane' after informing Gold Coast fans that his mid-season switch from the Warriors only prevented him from playing against his former team at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

"I went down to the junior footy as the Bilambil ambassador and a lot of them didn't think he was playing because it was in his contract but we had about 20 people buy tickets as I told them he was playing," James said.

"I'm sure he's going to be psyched up for this game versing his old club and hopefully Koni goes out there and does what he's been doing the last three or four weeks."

Hayne is expected to come on midway through the first half and slot in at five-eighth with Cameron Cullen to shift to hooker and Paasi is excited at what he will bring to a team looking to take a further step towards a finals appearance.

"It was a bit of a surprise. We didn't know until 10 o'clock when they announced it but he'll be a good player for our attack," Paasi said.

"He's a strong fullback and brings out the ball with 110 per cent so he'll be good if he plays this week and give us more power in attack.

"The playing group have still got a focus about this week against the Warriors. It's a must-win for both clubs and an important win for us moving forward."

https://www.nrl.com/henry-retirement-hits-paasi-hard/tabid/10874/newsid/99991/default.aspx
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Last night at the Rabbitohs game I was able to finally hook up with Benry to give him the gifts the forum had for him. All up we managed to get over $500 to put towards his get well gift. After a little brainstorming and undercover work we decided to get him the following.

A $150 to One Tree Grill so he can take out his wife who has also had to endure his pain.
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As a computer science graduate we decided to get him a techgeek gift.
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Found out his favourite sport and team outside of league was the Toronto Raptors. Got him some Kyle Lowry authentic NBA jerseys but customised them to include his name.
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Final piece was Brent Tates autobiography that we managed to get Tatey to sign and write a personal message to Benry.
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We had been trying since at least mid-June to get them to him but he was never at the home games I tried to reach him at. Turns out he had actually blown his knee out again during his rehab which resulted in him spending another 3 weeks in hospital and a another spell at home in bed. It was then that he knew his knee would never ever hold up enough for him to continue his dream of playing NRL.

He was blown away by the gifts and the fact that the fans were thinking of him.

He has been offered a job with the club doing community work and player pathways. Hopes it'll be an ongoing thing but for now is just pleased to be around the club and his team mates.

Want to thank everyone that contributed funds.

1995Warriorsfan 6 Again Akkerz bringmethehorizon crump81 Dixpat Draw and Pass eudebrito Ever Hopeful fizurg Jay M jsmooove Juju koolkat Manu's mistake Mr Brownstone Mufasa nzw Rick O'Shay RobRoyMcCoy snake77 snake77 tajhay tajhay The Cheap Seats ToiletDuck Vancent willemse

Couldnt have done it without you guys...

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Ben Henry - Tribute to Warrior #171


I've always been a massive fan of Ben Henry. He's always come across as a real likable character in the game, a well spoken, intelligent young man who not only had a big future in the game, but a big future in his post footy life as well.


From a young age Benry was touted as being a future Captain of the Warriors 1st Grade side and for good reason. He basically possesses all the qualities that forge the greatest captains.

  • Hardest Workers: He's one of the hardest workers on the training paddock, during games and also outside of footy. The greatest leaders often speak louder through their actions more so than their voice. Ben was in the same mould as Simon Mannering in this regard.
  • Encouragement: He's always one of the first to offer encouragement to his team mates. While some players turn to yelling and screaming to get the point across when a player is guilty of an error, it takes a special knack a man must possess with people to be able to get your point across in a calm manner while making your displeasure known and picking up a players confidence in the same breath.
  • Honesty and Trustworthy: Without trust there is little to no respect. A leader follows through with their commitments and are both responsible and reliable. Ben has always come across as being an up front kind of guy and his honesty and trustworthiness seem to be second to none.
  • Respect: Everything i have seen from Ben suggests he treats team mates, coaches, referees, sponsors, fans and opponents with respect. I have never heard him make questionable remarks about any of the above and always shows a respect to all. As a young man possessed with an abundance of natural talent, i've not once seen or heard him talk about himself in a way that places him on a higher pedestal to others. A humble man who talks of others as equals.
  • Courage and Passion: For a guy to come back from as many injuries as Ben has in such a short period of time shows both courage and passion. A lesser man would have given up much sooner but the courage to overcome and the passion to be able to once again put in a positive effort for the boys on the park, saw him keep fighting to be back to 100%. A leader will also display that they want what's best for the team. Ben probably could have got himself back on the field eventually, but he knew he could no longer offer his best and potentially held a young bloke coming up through the ranks out of the side in the progress, as well as taking up vital salary cap space as he overcame his latest setback. Being the humble guy he is you wouldn't hear him say it, but his early retirement was not just through his injury and his life after footy but was also a call made based on what he thought was best for the team that he loves.
  • Compelled to Win: It's no surprise that the NYC Warriors outfit enjoyed some of its more successful years with Henry as captain. A burning desire to win by a captain leading a group of young men proved to be the edge the Warriors had over their competition in 2010 and 2011. At just 20 years of age Benry enjoyed his first season in 1st grade. Although the results might not have been the same as he was used to in NYC, that desire to win and to succeed saw him shine during his rookie season and was awarded with the New Zealand Rugby League Rookie of the Year award for his efforts.


With a career life-span in the NRL on average lasting roughly 40 games over a 3 year period, Ben was lucky enough to squeeze in a few more than the average player over a 5 year period in 1st Grade, albeit disrupted by injury. His career may have been cut short but he certainly provided plenty of memories for himself, team mates and fans.


  • 2009: At just 17 years of age, was selected to play for the Junior Warriors in the NYC.
  • 2010: In his second season in NYC, Benry was named captain of the side. He lead them to 2 straight Grand Finals although was forced to sit out the 2010 triumph due to injury.
  • 2011: When he finished his NYC career he held a record of playing 64 games.
  • Round 1, 2012: 1st Grade Debut vs Manly.
  • Round 6, 2012: First try in 1st Grade, coming against the Raiders away from home.
  • June 12, 2012: Contract extension until 2015.
  • 2012 NZRL Rookie of the Year
  • 2012: 8 tries, 4 goals
  • 2013: 3 tries, 1 goal
  • 2014: Upon return from his first major injury, is named as a shock inclusion by Kearney to make his debut for the Kiwis against Australia in the ANZAC Test
  • 2014: 6 tries
  • 2015: Selected and represented NZ Warriors at Auckland 9's
  • 2015 Round 3: 50th Game
  • NZ Warriors: Played 52, Tries 17, Goals 5, Points 78
  • New Zealand Kiwis: Played 1


The Football Gods decided to be cruel to Benry in Round 1 of 2016. A man blessed with natural ability, with such a passion, so much potential and determination, pride and belief within him to succeed, to be struck down by so many injuries does not seem fair. We see on a regular basis players basically just throwing the gift they have been blessed with down the drain due to not appreciating just how lucky they are. In a fair and perfect world it would be those players struck down by injury while players who wear their hearts on their sleeves, just like Ben Henry, would go on to play a long and successful career.

Upon announcing his retirement Henry offered these words;


"While there have been setbacks I'm still so grateful for the opportunities rugby league has given me. To be able to play for the club in the NYC and the NRL as well as making my Test debut for my country has been a privilege.


"I've played alongside so many great players and I'll always cherish those times. I want to thank all the team-mates and coaches I've had for being there to support me through the good and bad times.

"This isn't the way I planned it but now I have made this decision I'm ready for the next phase of life after football."


Even when faced with the reality of being cruelly forced into early retirement, Benry still manages to not only tell those who helped him along the way how grateful he was, but made sure he thanked players and coaches for their support through the good and the bad. Many a player would make these sorts of things about themselves, and rightly so, but Ben Henry being the humble man he is chose to not make the interview solely about him but instead chose to include those people who have been involved in his progress throughout his career.

I have never met the guy (although one day i hope to get the chance), but there is no denying that Benry is nothing short of a perfect gentleman and a person that we could all learn from. A humble man with a big heart and an inspiration to many.

Ben Henry, Warrior #171, I thank you for all you have done for the NZ Warriors. I thank you for the blood and the tears you shed while wearing the Warriors jersey with pride and i thank you for being such a positive and outgoing face of the club. I wish you all the best for the future mate.

https://nzwarriorsfaither.blogspot.co.nz/2016/08/ben-henry-tribute-to-warrior-171.html#more
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
9,941
Auckland
Excellent tribute.

He came into first grade around the same time as Elijah Taylor. Taylor was getting more game time and a lot more publicity. To me they both seemed similar but as Taylor was getting more game time in first grade I was of the opinion he was the better player and was worried when he signed with Penrith. After he left and seeing Henry being able to cover similar positions to Taylor along with covering centre he grew on me as I saw more of him. Some players you underrate but you start to become fans of them as you see more of them.

Coming to the post season when more threads come up listing teams for the following season you start seeing where he'd be missed if he was available and fully fit. Ben Henry one the bench covering as an edge forward replacement or covering injuries to centre, dummy half etc along with 3 forwards would be a good balance.

Or imagine this seasons trend of putting a back on the bench. No problem if Ben Henry was available for selection.

Only heard good things about the guy. A real shame about the injuries.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
9,941
Auckland
Anyone know if Ben has been invited to the Grand Final for the lap with the other retired players?

The reason I ask is occasionally there is a player or two you know who is moving on that for whatever reason aren't there.

It will be good to see him doing the lap and soaking up the atmosphere. Get a good trip away and enjoy himself he deserves it.
 

AusWarriorsFan

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 4, 2016
2,852
Makes me sad, one of hardest working players ever, reminds me of Lewis Brown in that sense, but outside that he is the most positive person Ive seen at the club. Always saw the bright side and when he smiled it made me smile. Im very dejected for him, all I can say is there must be something bigger and better ahead for Ben with everything he went through. A lot of players dont realise how easy it is to one day be play the next your career is over. Jordan Rapana spoke about this and why he plays every game like its his last. I hope we see Ben around in one way or another.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Gilbert Enoka isn't it ?
Thats him. I think?

The Warriors are developing Ben Henry to emulate that guy. He's being groomed to be like a high performance specialist which means he will travel around seeing what makes other clubs tick, do University courses etc. Warriors are pouring a lot of resources into this project.

Good luck to Benry. Hope it all pays off for both him and the team...
 

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