John Eales


John Eales

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Retired as the most capped Wallaby captain, there is no doubt that John Eales will be remembered as one of the all-time great rugby players.

John participated in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures and he also led the Wallabies to the first ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions. John has and continues to be a great ambassador for rugby. A genial nature and natural leadership qualities have made John one of the most respected figures in world rugby.

His retirement Rugby in September 2001 marked the end of an era for the Australian game and tributes flooded in far and wide. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said: 'I wish to record my admiration for the magnificent contribution that John Eales has made to the game of rugby, and to Australian and international sport. John Eales has been an inspirational leader, an outstanding and courageous player, and an example to all in the way he has conducted himself on and off the field'. In a further salute to the man, the ARU launched a prestigious award in 2002 to honour the game's best Wallaby player each season, known as The John Eales Medal.

Following retirement, John seamlessly transferred his leadership skills to the corporate world. He has developed the John Eales 5 brand which deals in corporate hospitality. John is also an consultant to the BT Financial Group and an Ambassador of the Australian Rugby Union. John's profile continues to escalate and many would agree that he's scoring as many tries off the field as he used to on it.

John is a founding partner of the Mettle Group. With Mettle, he has been building a series of leadership and team development tools designed for corporations and sporting organisations. Many corporations seeking to provide their leaders with an edge have used John's insight into leadership and teams.


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