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Former Wallabies Captain, author and business leader

John Eales is one of Australia’s all-time rugby greats. He took part in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup series wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures. He also led the Wallabies to the first-ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions. In his career, John played 20 tests against the All Blacks winning 11 of them. In that time, he was captain for 11 of those tests against the All Blacks, winning six, including six of his last seven tests against them.

But John Eales is a man whose outstanding qualities extend much further than his exceptional skill on the football field. He is an inspirational leader and businessman through both his actions and his relentless determination. John’s sense of fair play and genial nature made him one of the most respected figures in the game, and an extraordinary ambassador for sport and Australia.

An in-demand keynote speaker for corporate events, lunches and after-dinner functions, the messages John delivers are invaluable. He inspires and instructs by focusing on the importance of coaching, composure and culture within corporations and the necessity for faith in the abilities of team members, particularly in times of change, in order to remain composed in the face of aggressive competition.

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In a career that spanned 10 years, John Eales played a total of 86 Tests for Australia, captaining them on 55 occasions and accumulating 173 test points, making him the highest-scoring forward in the history of rugby. When he retired from rugby in 2001, he was Australia’s most-capped captain and regarded as the most outstanding forward in world rugby. His athleticism and natural leadership qualities made him an automatic selection in any World XV.

John has been a great ambassador for rugby. Indeed, so highly is John remembered that an elite group of experts, including former national coaches Bob Dwyer, David Brockoff and ex-Wallaby Jeff Miller voted him as the No.1 player Australia has produced. In 2002 the ARU launched a prestigious award to honour the game’s best Wallaby player each season, known as The John Eales Medal. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the community and rugby.

In 2004 John attended the Athens Olympics as an Athlete Liaison Officer for the Australian Team. He repeated the role at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and in London 2012.

John Eales has seamlessly transferred his natural leadership qualities to the corporate world. John was a founder of the Mettle Group, a business specialising in leadership and culture, that was sold to the Chandler Macleod Group. He is on the board of Magellan Financial Group, Flight Centre Travel Group, and The Palladium Group, and has consulted to major Australian and global companies.

He has also authored two books, Learning From Legends- Sport, and Learning From Legends – Business, where he interviews and extracts insightful leadership lessons from some of Australia’s most successful sports and business people. Peter Fitzsimons’ biography on John Eales achieved outstanding public interest and, for a sports biography, stratospheric sales results.

Not satisfied with simply excelling at Rugby, in 2010 John Eales dethroned the previous Australian Sudoku champion, Mark Skiffington in the Australian Sudoku Championships in Perth. Although he was not able to lead his Queensland team to victory on the night (the State Competition was won by Western Australia), he was ranked Australia’s number one Sudoku player – but there is a deeper story to tell about that!

John Eales talks about:

  • Composure
  • High performance
  • Business
  • Motivation
  • Sport

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John Eales AM

Former Wallabies Captain, author and business leader

Quick Contact

John Eales AM

Former Wallabies Captain, author and business leader

John Eales is one of Australia’s all-time rugby greats. He took part in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup series wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures. He also led the Wallabies to the first-ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions. In his career, John played 20 tests against the All Blacks winning 11 of them. In that time, he was captain for 11 of those tests against the All Blacks, winning six, including six of his last seven tests against them.

But John Eales is a man whose outstanding qualities extend much further than his exceptional skill on the football field. He is an inspirational leader and businessman through both his actions and his relentless determination. John’s sense of fair play and genial nature made him one of the most respected figures in the game, and an extraordinary ambassador for sport and Australia.

An in-demand keynote speaker for corporate events, lunches and after-dinner functions, the messages John delivers are invaluable. He inspires and instructs by focusing on the importance of coaching, composure and culture within corporations and the necessity for faith in the abilities of team members, particularly in times of change, in order to remain composed in the face of aggressive competition.

More about John Eales:

In a career that spanned 10 years, John Eales played a total of 86 Tests for Australia, captaining them on 55 occasions and accumulating 173 test points, making him the highest-scoring forward in the history of rugby. When he retired from rugby in 2001, he was Australia’s most-capped captain and regarded as the most outstanding forward in world rugby. His athleticism and natural leadership qualities made him an automatic selection in any World XV.

John has been a great ambassador for rugby. Indeed, so highly is John remembered that an elite group of experts, including former national coaches Bob Dwyer, David Brockoff and ex-Wallaby Jeff Miller voted him as the No.1 player Australia has produced. In 2002 the ARU launched a prestigious award to honour the game’s best Wallaby player each season, known as The John Eales Medal. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the community and rugby.

In 2004 John attended the Athens Olympics as an Athlete Liaison Officer for the Australian Team. He repeated the role at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and in London 2012.

John Eales has seamlessly transferred his natural leadership qualities to the corporate world. John was a founder of the Mettle Group, a business specialising in leadership and culture, that was sold to the Chandler Macleod Group. He is on the board of Magellan Financial Group, Flight Centre Travel Group, and The Palladium Group, and has consulted to major Australian and global companies.

He has also authored two books, Learning From Legends- Sport, and Learning From Legends – Business, where he interviews and extracts insightful leadership lessons from some of Australia’s most successful sports and business people. Peter Fitzsimons’ biography on John Eales achieved outstanding public interest and, for a sports biography, stratospheric sales results.

Not satisfied with simply excelling at Rugby, in 2010 John Eales dethroned the previous Australian Sudoku champion, Mark Skiffington in the Australian Sudoku Championships in Perth. Although he was not able to lead his Queensland team to victory on the night (the State Competition was won by Western Australia), he was ranked Australia’s number one Sudoku player – but there is a deeper story to tell about that!

John Eales talks about:

  • Composure
  • High performance
  • Business
  • Motivation
  • Sport

Client testimonials

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