Former Kangaroos forward enforcer Ben Kennedy is a possibility to play for Casino rugby union club.
Former Kangaroos forward enforcer Ben Kennedy is a possibility to play for Casino rugby union club. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Kennedy the bull?

ITS the worst kept secret in Far North Coast Rugby Union and nobody seems to have a definite answer yet.

But don't be surprised if former Australian rugby league representative Ben Kennedy runs out for the Casino Bulls at some stage this season.

Kennedy, 38, has expressed interest in returning to the club that he last played for 20 years ago before moving on to finish high school at St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill.

He also played for the Casino Cougars rugby league club and was eventually selected in the Australian Schoolboys side.

"He has been at training and he has been going as hard as anyone," club president Gary Robbins said.

"I'm not 100% sure what his intentions are but even if we got one or two games out of him, we would be happy.

"I definitely wouldn't want him running at me anyway."

Robbins believes Kennedy has no intention to play rugby league for the Casino Cougars.

"No, he definitely wouldn't do that," Robbins said.

"I think his thoughts were that he wanted to finish up where he started his career.

"He talked to a few of the first grade guys about it last year and the coach knew about it too.

"He used to run water for us, even when he was playing for Australia."

Kennedy is best known for his two stints with the Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles after beginning his rugby league career at the Canberra Raiders in 1996.

He won a premiership with the Knights in 2001 and represented Australia on 16 occasions.

Kennedy was also part of four successful State of Origin series between 1999-2005.

Since his retirement in 2006, he has bought a farm at Cedar Point and ran a fruit shop in Queensland.

"I believe he has sold the fruit shop and is exploring a business opportunity in Newcastle," Robbins said.

"He won't play this weekend and I don't know where we stand with him, but I'd like too."

Kennedy spoke to the Northern Star on Thursday and said he was on the way back from Newcastle.

He didn't return calls yesterday.



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