Dinner Speaker

Mr John Eales AM

Former Australian rugby union player (AUS)



John Eales AM was educated at Marist College, Ashgrove in Brisbane and at the University of Queensland before taking to the international rugby stage.


He debuted for the Wallabies in 1991 and captained the side from 1996 until the end of his test career in 2001. He participated in two successful World Cup campaigns, captaining the latter in 1999, and led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup, two Tri-Nations and a British and Irish Lions series victory.


He was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame, the Australia Institute of Sport's Best of the Best, awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999 for services to the community and rugby.


John was the founder of the Mettle Group – a consultancy which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in 2007, and sits on the boards of Flight Centre Limited, the Australian Rugby Union, FXDMS, GRM International, and International Quarterback. He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney.


John is also a columnist with The Australian newspaper, part of the Fox Sports team, and author of “Learning from Legends - Sport” and “Learning from Legends - Business”.



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