20 July 1983 |
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (13 st 12 lb)|
Ben Cockayne (born 20 July 1983 in Pontefract, England) is an English rugby league player. He plays for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He is also an assistant coach at his former amateur club, Normanton Knights.
Ben started his Rugby League career with his local amateur club Normanton Knights. He had some trials with Super League sides such as Wakefield Trinity and Castleford. He was then given a chance to play for Doncaster in National League 1 on a trial basis by St. John Ellis who was then the coach of Doncaster.
After impressing for Doncaster, especially against Hull KR in 2005 at Craven Park, Cockayne signed for Hull Kingston Rovers whilst they were in National League One. During the 2006 season, Cockayne was a first team regular in the squad, playing 29 games and helping his side to promotion by scoring 27 tries. He came second in the ranks for top try-scorer for Hull KR in 2006, and was Man-of-the-Match in the Robins' memorable game that saw them be promoted to Super League.
In the 2006 season, Hull Kingston Rovers won the Rugby League National League One competition and were promoted to the Super League competition for the 2007 season.
Hull Kingston Rovers played their opening Super League match on 10 February 2007 against Wakefield Trinity. The scores were level at eight-all when Jamie Rooney converted a drop goal in the final ten minutes of the match to give Trinity the lead by just one point. In the dying stages of the match, James Webster looked like he was going to attempt a drop goal but due to the pressure put onto him by the Wakefield defence, he passed the ball to Chris Chester. Chester then slipped the ball inside to Cockayne who ran through to score a try. There was no time left for Wakefield and on the opening game of the season Cockayne had scored a try that gave the Hull Kingston Rovers a fourteen to nine victory on their Super League début. He scored another try in Rovers' second match, a 17–10 away win at Huddersfield, and bolstered a sterling defensive display in Rovers' shock 26–16 away win at Wigan which made them joint top of the Super League.
He left to join Wakefield Wildcats at the end of 2011.
Cockayne signed a 3 year contact with Wakefield in 2012 and went on to play 45 times for the Wildcats. However in 2013 Wakefield were forced to sell players to pay off debts and Cockayne moved back to Hull KR at the end of 2013.
In the 2014 season, Ben Cockayne transferred to Hull KR, where he replaced Eden as KR's regular Full Back. Regarded by many as a terrace hero during his first stint at Hull Kingston Rovers, he has become a fan favourite once again due to his current form during his second stint.
In April 2011, Ben Cockayne allegedly posted the racist remark "p*** c***" on his friend's Facebook Wall. It is thought the Hull KR fullback wrote on a friends profile page: "u owe me a quid an the p*** c*** that has got my wallet in his car owes me about 100". It is believed Cockayne was referring to a wallet which he had lost in a taxi. But 53 minutes later Cockayne, who was given a 12-month suspended sentence in 2009 for an assault, wrote on Facebook: "Found it :) thank f***". Cockayne's Facebook profile was removed within hours of the Mirror newspaper contacting his club and the Rugby Football League. A Hull KR spokesman said: "The club will be carrying out a full internal investigation into comments allegedly made on a website by Ben Cockayne. Nobody will be commenting further until that has concluded." The Rugby Football League, which has a Kick Racism into Touch campaign, said: "We will be speaking to Hull KR about a potential social media matter." 
Super League tries
- Scores and results list Ben's try tally first.
- "Hull Kingston Rovers 1st Team Ben Cockayne". Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC. Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Rugby League star Ben Cockayne faces probe over alleged racist comments on Facebook. mirror.co.uk (21 April 2011). Retrieved on 11 October 2011.
- Ben Cockayne. SLStats (30 July 2003). Retrieved on 11 October 2011.