Ben Rutten

Benjamin "Truck" Rutten (born 28 May 1983) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was known for his size, strength and ability to contain some of the game's best forwards.

Ben Rutten
Rutten coaching in May 2018.
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Rutten
Date of birth (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 40, 2001 rookie draft
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
20032014 Adelaide 229 (9)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2021 Essendon 0 (0–0-0)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Recruited from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club West Adelaide in the 2001 Rookie Draft, Rutten made his AFL debut in 2003 as a forward, joining an elite club of players who have goaled with each of their first three kicks.

AFL career

Rutten was moved to defence and made a name for himself as a tough full-back, coming of age in the 2005 AFL season, where he was part of Adelaide's sturdy defensive unit, and often held his opponents to two goals or less. This earned Rutten All-Australian selection in 2005, and Rutten has been an integral part of Adelaide's defence ever since. He and fellow All-Australian defender Nathan Bock formed one of the most capable defensive partnerships in the AFL prior to Bock's transfer to the Gold Coast Suns.

Rutten gave away the controversial game deciding free kick in the 2009 semi-final by holding the arm of Collingwood forward Jack Anthony who scored Collingwood's winning goal in the last 55 seconds. This finished the season for the Adelaide Football Club.

On 1 July 2014, Rutten announced that he would retire at the end of the 2014 season, hinting a possible move into coaching.[1] He played his last game against St Kilda on 31 August 2014, scoring his ninth and final AFL goal in the last kick of his career.[2]

Coaching career

On 10 September 2014, Rutten became an assistant coach at the Richmond Football Club,[3] serving as the club's defence coach.

On 24 August 2018, the Essendon Football Club announced Rutten would be joining their coaching department for the 2019 season,[4] serving as the Team Defence and Key Position Coach. On 17 September 2019, it was announced that Rutten would succeed John Worsfold as the senior coach of Essendon at the conclusion of the 2020 AFL season.[5][6]


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Adelaide 252306713701.
2004 Adelaide 25900555010540100.
2005 Adelaide 25251014313728095270.
2006 Adelaide 252412175158333135350.
2007 Adelaide 252000122137259113240.
2008 Adelaide 252201157182339147200.
2009 Adelaide 252410164204368142290.
2010 Adelaide 252200128212340128460.
2011 Adelaide 252100143174317107300.
2012 Adelaide 252521148136284125400.
2013 Adelaide 252101140132272114240.
2014 Adelaide 251410728015252240.
Career 229 9 5 1453 1609 3062 1205 309 0.0 0.0 6.3 7.0 13.3 5.3 1.3


  1. "Adelaide Crows veteran defender Ben Rutten confirms his retirement at end of 2014 AFL season". ABC. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. "Ben Rutten kicked his ninth AFL goal to cap off his final game in Adelaide Crows win". The Australian. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. "Rutten to Richmond". Richmond Football Club. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. "Bombers welcome Rutten". Essendon Football Club. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. "Dons outline coaching succession plan". Essendon Football Club. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  6. Niall, Jake (17 September 2019). "Backing the truck: inside the Essendon handover". The Age.
  7. "Ben Rutten statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
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