Beno Obano, hailing from London, is a talented loosehead prop who has made a significant impact at Bath Rugby and earned recognition on the international stage with England. His journey began when he was invited to train with the Bath Rugby squad in 2014, ultimately leading to an Academy contract.
Impressing the coaching staff, Obano progressed through the Senior Academy and eventually earned a spot in the Senior Squad. He made his Premiership debut in 2015 and has since become a key member of the team's forward pack. Obano's combination of power, agility, and ball-handling skills adds to the attacking threat posed by Bath Rugby.
Obano's prowess as a loosehead prop is evident in his ability to provide a solid platform at the set-piece. His physicality and technical proficiency have been instrumental in Bath's success over the past few seasons. As a result of his performances, he earned international recognition and made his debut for England against Scotland in the 2021 Six Nations.
Beyond his contributions on the field, Obano also showcases his creativity off the field. In 2020, he directed and produced a documentary called "Everybody's Game." He has expressed a desire to continue working on future projects alongside his rugby commitments, highlighting his multifaceted interests and talents.
Before focusing on rugby, Obano had twin passions for football and hip hop. He played as a forward for Dulwich Hamlet and even had an unsuccessful trial with Fulham. As a former student of Dulwich College and a member of the Wasps Academy, Obano caught the attention of Bath Rugby during his time with Bath United in the 2015 season.
Obano's breakthrough came in the 2016/17 campaign when he made 19 appearances for Bath Rugby, showcasing his power and dynamism in the scrum and as a ball carrier. His performances established him as one of the most promising front rowers in English rugby.
Recognizing his potential, Bath Academy prop Obano was promoted to the senior squad ahead of the 2017/18 season. Since then, he has made over 50 appearances for the club, solidifying his place as a first-team regular. In recognition of his progress, Obano was named the "Most Improved Player" and "Best Forward" at Bath Rugby's 2017/18 Club's Annual Awards Evening.
In December 2017, Obano received his first call-up to the England squad for the Six Nations training squad. Although he suffered an injury during camp for the Summer tour to South Africa in 2018, he made his England debut against the Barbarians in the summer of 2019. He was later recalled to the England camp for the final round of the disrupted 2020 Six Nations.
Obano's journey from earning an Academy contract to becoming a standout loosehead prop for Bath Rugby and representing England demonstrates his dedication, skill, and potential for further success in his rugby career.
|2014 - present|
|2013 - 2014|
|2019 - 2020|
|2020 - 2023|