Brumbies and Australia prop Ben Alexander has confirmed his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.
The 33-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Bedford Blues in 2006 and has also represented Western Sydney Rams, Greater Sydney Rams and Canberra Vikings. His Super Rugby debut with Brumbies came in 2008 and he has been an integral part of the club since them making 154 appearances for the Canberra based outfit.
His impressive start for Brumbies earned him a call-up to Wallabies squad and his international debut came against France in Sydney in 2008 and has gone on to play for the national side 72 times with his last appearance for the team coming in November 2014.
Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson paid tribute to Alexander and his contribution to the club.
“Ben has been a loyal club man and incredible talent,” said Thomson.
“Not only is he a tremendous rugby player, Ben is also a wonderful man and is a very popular person amongst the players, staff and supporters. His commitment to the club is second-to-none and is exemplified by his retirement as our record cap holder.
“To play over 150 matches in Super Rugby for one team is testament to his qualities but, to everyone who knows him, Ben is so much more than a rugby player, being the successful businessman and great family-man.
"His experience and presence will be missed on the field, but we are hoping that he will continue to be a regular visitor to the club.
“We thank Ben for his contribution and wish he and his young family all the best for the future.”