Ben Volavola

Inside Biography


Australian-born Fujian Ruby player, Ben Volavola played for team Bordeaux Bègles. He also played for Super Rugby clubs such as the CrusadersWaratahs, and most recently was Rebels.

Volavola is best known for his playing style, fly-half or fullback. Volavola is in a romantic relationship with actress, Shailene Woodley. 

Early Life and Education

Ben Volavola was born on January 13, 1991, in Sydney, Australia. He is the son born to Dinesh Shankar and Ema Volavola. He is Australian and belongs to the Fijian- Indian descent as his father is Indo-Fijian and mother is Fijian. His grandparents were former Suva Mayor, Peni Volavola, and former Suva netball representative Vasiti Mea Naqova

At the age of 9, Volavola returned to Australia from Fiji. He attended Veiuto Primary School before he left for Australia and learned to play rugby. He moved to Sydney along with his mother (Ema Volavola) and younger brother Milan in 2000. 

Volavola attended the Endeavour Sports High School from 2005 to 2008. He graduated from Newington College in 2010. He completed his Certificate III and IV in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2012. Volavola went to Australian Vocational Training Academy and finished his Diploma in business.


Ben Volavola began his professional Rugby player in the 2013 Super Rugby season. His outstanding performances for Southern Districts earned him a spot in the playing squad. Prior that, he represented Australia Under 20 Italy in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.

In 2015, Volavola signed the two-year contract with Fiji for 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup replacing the number 10 player, Nicky Little. His parents supported his decision to represent Fiji. He made his debut in the 2015 mid-year rugby union internationals, coming off the bench against M?ori All Blacks.

Volavola started at 10 in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga by scoring 15 points.  He was named one of the 31 Fiji's men for the Rugby World Cup 2015 which was hosted in England. He played all  4 important matches against all three of the biggest teams in Fiji's group, England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay.

Ben Volavola signed for the rugby union team, Crusaders in the 2016 Super Rugby season replacing number 10 player. After a year, he signed for Australian super rugby side, Melbourne Rebels and played for one season before his departure.

Volvano played for  Super Rugby, NRC, and Mitre 10 Cup. Later he signed for French Top 14 club Bordeaux Bègles along with his Fijian teammate Peni Ravai in October 2017 and its confirmation was released in November.

Net Worth

Ben Volavola stands the height of 1.9 meters. His net worth is not less than million as per his income and lifestyle. However, the concrete figure is still under wrapped but it isn't less than the seven-digit figure.

Volavola reportedly earned $180,000 salary in Super Rugby. Currently, he played for French Top 14 club, some of the top paid players in the league are Dan Carter (€71,000 per month), Matt Giteau (€65,000) and Leigh Halfpenny (€55,000). He also earned closed figure like them.

Personal Life

Ben Volavola is in a romantic relationship with  The Fault in Our Stars' actress Shailene Woodley. The duo made their relationship official on January 25, 2018.

His girlfriend, Woodley shared a shot of them kissing on Paris on Instagram. Woodley also shared Volvola's picture with the caption, 'Damn I love him'. Volavola also tweeted Shailene Woodley's photo with '#blessed' caption along with heart emoji.

The couple was romantically linked since October 2017. Their relationship was confirmed after they spotted kissing on the sidelines during Volavola rugby practice. Later, they were spotted on multiple occasions getting cozy. 

The pair was first spotted in Fiji while Woodley was filming her movie, Adrift

Prior to Woodley, Volavola dated Fiji based photographer, Jacqueline Wieser. She often posted their pictures on her social networking site.Wieser confirmed they are together for past six years, in one of the posts. As per the online sources, the pair split due to personal differences.

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