Know About Ben Volavola; Age, Salary, Parents, Height, Shailene Woodley

Published Date: 22 May, 2019 Updated date: 02 Apr, 2021 By Celebs Podium

Australian-born Fijian Rugby union footballer Ben Volavola currently plays for the French Top 14 team Racing 92. Ben, age 30, rose to the fame by playing in the Super League for the New South Wales Waratahs, The Crusaders, and Rebels.

Besides his charismatic professional background, Ben Volavola has hit social media with his romantic linkup to sensational actress Shailene Woodley. The two have been caught frequently in the media territory.

Ben’s Relationship With Shailene Woodley

Not just for his on-field charisma, Ben holds fame among the paparazzi for his blistering relationship life as well. Back in 2017, the news of rugby players kissing Divergent actress Shailene Woodley disseminated all over the internet. Meantime, Ben and Shailene frequently got cozy and shared pictures on social media.

After keeping the romantic buzz off the radar for a certain period of time, the pair confirmed their relationship at the start of 2018.

Shailene shared an intimate shot of the duo kissing in Paris with her fans via her Instagram to put light on her romantic journey with the rugby star. 


Ben Volavola with girlfriend Shailene Woodley during the premiere of Adrift on 23 May 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Picture: US Magazine)

The couple went on to step on the Red Carpet for the first time as a couple on 23 May 2018. Shailene and Ben shared a flaunting smile at the premiere of Shailene’s new movie Adrift.

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Split With Shailene Woodley In 2020

Well, the fans were expecting that Ben Volavola would soon turn Shailene into his wife. Nevertheless, it did not come true.

Ben and Shailene parted their ways in April 2020 and the reason was astonishing.

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Shailene stated that she split with the rugby player after realizing that she was not able to “fully commit” to the relationship.

I was in a relationship with someone and we were very much on the road to marriage and children … [But then] I realised I was still at an age where I wasn’t able to fully commit. I couldn’t be available to him in the way that I wanted to be. I didn’t fully love myself.

There is no news of Ben’s new relationship following the split.

Meanwhile, Woodley is now in a relationship with the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The duo started dating in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reportedly engaged now.

Ben’s Bio: Age, Parents, Height

Rugby star Ben Volavola, age 30,  was born on 13 January 1991, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  He was born to parents of mixed ethnicity. Ben’s father, Dinesh Shankar is of Indian descent, while his mother, Ema Volavola is Fijian. 

Ben relocated to Fiji in his early days and grew up there up until the age of 9. Later in 2000, he moved back to Sydney and lived with his mother and younger brother, Milan Volavola.

Standing at a tall height of 6 feet and 3 inches (1.91 m), Ben Started his schooling at Endeavour Sports High School, Sydney. in 2005. Later in 2009, he moved to Newington College and studied there for a year.

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Career, Salary

During his high school days, Ben generated a huge interest in playing rugby. When he was at Endeavour Sports High School (2005–2008) and Newington College (2009–2010), he kept himself busy featuring in school-level rugby competitions.

Ben’s exceptional success at the domestic level earned him a fitting place in New South Wales Waratahs squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season. Prior to that, he also represented Australia U20 in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.

Following a three-season stint for Waratahs, Ben signed for a New Zealand professional rugby team, Crusaders in 2016. Meanwhile, he also booked his place to feature for Fiji in the Rugby World Cup.

Ben featured for Melbourne Rebels in the 2017 Super League season. Just after a season with the Rebels, Volavola moved to France and joined Bordeaux Begles for the 2017-18 Top 14 season. He later joined another French team Racing 92 in the year 2018.

On 10 May 2020, he signed for Pro D2 side USA Perpignan before the 2020-21 season.


Ben Volavola in his racing 92 jersey (Picture: RugbyPass)

The fly-half/fullback no doubt enjoys a riveting salary. During his days at Super Rugby, Ben was reported to have a salary of $180,000, which astonishingly boosted his net worth. In recent times, the promising player’s salary ranges in between €60,000 to €80,000 at the French league.

Some Interesting Facts About Ben Volavola

  • Ben completed his Certificate III and IV in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2012.
  • He also finished a Business Diploma with the Australian Vocational Training Academy.
  • Ben is the grandson of former Suva Mayor Peni Volavola and former Suva netball representative Vasiti Mea Naqova.
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