Funnell returns for his sixth season with the Crusaders and, although still young, is one of the more experienced members of the squad.
Ben is a cousin of the Whitelock brothers and grew up close by their family farm near Palmerston North. He was a former captain of Palmerston North Boys High school Rugby team and was a member of the 2008 NZ Secondary Schools squad. He also captained the Crusader Knights development team in 2012.
He is a tough and uncompromising player who has been steadily improving since debuting in red and black.