Sexiest man Ben?s in league of his own

By HEATHER O'NEILL ? IT'S official. Former Central Queensland rugby league product Ben Ross is not just a hit on the football field ? he has just been voted the Sexiest Man in League.

Ben, from Blackwater, was one of 10 rugby league players nominated by the Sunday Telegraph for the competition.

Readers and viewers of the Sunday Telegraph and Sports Tonight voted via SMS.

Parents David and Jenny Ross did not vote, but were thrilled with the win.

"Not being text message literate we didn't vote,'' Mr Ross said.

"It's (the win) probably good for his ego and he's chuffed, very happy, so we're happy.''

Mr Ross said he and his wife were surprised with the win.

"He is an ordinary guy and front rower and usually front rowers don't win those kinds of things. My wife burst out laughing, she couldn't believe it.''

Ben also confessed to being surprised but elated. "To win against the likes of Matt Cooper and Billy Slater, I was very surprised,'' he said. "I'm getting paid out by all my footy mates though.

"I'm pretty happy about it. I won a $10,000 entertainment system so it's pretty good.''

And so it seems Ben Ross had better get used to being in the spotlight for things other than football after also being nominated in the New Woman magazine's Search for the Hottest Man in Australia competition.

Ben said he was equally surprised with that nomination.

"I was surprised and I was grateful to be in there, the top 100 hottest males.''

"It wasn't bad. We went on a dating site on the Internet and girls got to write to us. It was an interesting thing to do.''

On the football note, Ben has been selected in the Prime Minister's 13s to play in Papua New Guinea against the homeside on Sunday.

Ben will be in his old stomping ground, Blackwater, on October 8 for junior rugby league presentations.

He intends to stop in Rockhampton to catch up with friends at the Lionleigh Hotel.

Ben has signed a four-year contract with Cronulla Sharks.

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