[main photo: courtesy Inpho/Kevin Barnes]
Benjamin Martin Toolis arrived at Edinburgh Rugby in the summer of 2013 from Queensland Premier Grade side GPS Old Boys.
Toolis represented Australia Youth (under-18) and Junior (under-20) at volleyball prior to his arrival in the Scottish capital, and also has an impressive rugby pedigree.
Born in Brisbane, Ben represented the Australian National Academy in the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, and reached consecutive Premier Grade semi-finals in 2012 and 2013, an honour he shared with his twin brother, Alex.
The towering 6ft 7in lock is eligible to represent Scotland as his mother, Linda, is from Carluke in Lanarkshire.
Alongside his twin brother, he joined the club’s Elite Development Player programme and was rewarded with a full pro contract in 2014, re-signing on two subsequent occasions.
He scored his first try for the club in the home European Cup semi final win over Dragons, a chargedown off his arm which he then kicked ahead before touching down across the line. An outstanding performance throughout that game earned him man of the match.
Named in the Scotland squad for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations, he made his international debut off the bench against Italy at BT Murrayfield in February 2015, was included in the extended squad for the Rugby World Cup that summer and into the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.
He played competitively alongside his twin for the first time for the club when Alex came off the bench in the away win over Treviso in September 2015. The second row pairing were the first set of brothers since Tim and Sep Visser, in 2012, to play for the club in the same game at the same time and the first set of twins to do so in the professional era. In the January 2016 win over Agen, they were the first set of twins to start together in Scotland, for the home side, in the professional era.
Scotland (cap 1065) (2015) It(r)