The Queensland Rugby Union’s much anticipated Long Lunch is here! On the 20th of October, the day prior to the Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane, Nick McArdle and Adam Freier will host a one-of-a-kind celebration of Rugby. With an exciting range of panelists expertly selected to discuss and debate all aspects of Rugby; from grassroots, to elite; we can guarantee that the 2017 Long Lunch will take you on a journey like no other!
DON'T MISS JEFF WILSON, NICK FARR-JONES, ROD MACQUEEN TONY SHAW, PETER SLATTERY, SCOTT ROBERTSON, ANTHONY HERBERT and SHANNON PARRY!
Held at the Royal International Convention Centre, this Rugby celebration will also see the presentations to the winners of the 2017 Alec Evans and Stan Pilecki Medals.
BE QUICK TO SECURE YOUR SEAT, ALMOST SOLD OUT!
11:45am arrival for a 12:00pm start, Friday 20th October
Royal International Convention Centre, Herston, Brisbane
Members - $195pp
Non-members - $225pp
Tables of 10 - $1,950
JEFF WILSON - Jeff Wilson had to choose between cricket and rugby after playing four one-day internationals for New Zealand in the early 90s, choosing rugby and forging a brilliant career for New Zealand, playing 71 matches including 60 Tests. He is also one of the country's leading Test try scorers with 44. Wilson's cricket career failed to take off immediately following his retirement from rugby, but during the 2004-05 season an upturn in form saw him gain a surprise call-up to New Zealand's squad for one-day internationals against a World XI. Following his call-up he went on to win two more ODI caps for the Black Caps against Australia in 2005, but never won that elusive Test cap.
NICK-FARR JONES - Nick Farr-Jones made his international debut against England in 1984, becoming the 645th player to represent the Wallabies. Nick played 63 Tests for Australia from 1984 to 1993, including 36 as captain. The former Wallabies scrumhalf was part of a golden era in Australian Rugby, featuring in the 1984 Grand Slam team, the 1986 Bledisloe Cup winning side in New Zealand, and perhaps his greatest accomplishment, guiding the Wallabies to victory in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. In 2008 he was named as one of the seven Australian Rugby Statesmen, a testament to the contribution he has made to the game overall. Today he remains one of the most respected and revered figures in Australian sport.
ROD MACQUEEN - A World Cup winning coach and a successful businessman, Rod Macqueen is widely recognised as one of rugby's great innovators. Having played over 200 games for Warringah and Eastwood in Australia, Macqueen took his first coaching job at the NSW Waratahs in 1991 and would join the national set-up the following year as a selector. Macqueen joined the Brumbies as head coach in 1996 but left them the following year to take on the Wallabies. During his four year stint as coach, the Wallabies enjoyed unprecedented success winning and retaining the Bledisloe Cup four times, claiming the Tri-Nations crown (2001), beating the British & Irish Lions (2001) and most famously, winning the 1999 Rugby World Cup with a 35-12 victory over France in the tournament finale. His tenure also saw them claim the Cook Cup, Hopetoun Cup, Lansdowne Cup, Puma Trophy, Mandela Challenge Plate and the Trophee des Bicentenaries. He retired following his side's historic success over the Lions in 2001 with an impressive 81% winning ratio. He was named the IRB Coach of the Year award in 2001, made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and in 2004 scooped the Joe French Award, which recognises outstanding service to the Australian Rugby Union. In January 2010, he announced he was coming out of retirement to head up the newly formed Melbourne Rebels who made their Super Rugby bow in 2011 - finishing last out of the Australian sides. In June 2011, it was reported that Macqueen will step down from his position at the Rebels head coach to take up a role behind the scenes in the Melbourne franchise. In 2001 he published a highly-regarded book, One Step Ahead, in which he discusses his successes in both business and sport.