John Eales is an Australian Legend, not only is he one of the best
sportsmen Australian Rugby has produced he is also a respected and
John Eales 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, he also led the
Wallabies to the first ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions.
A genial nature and natural leadership qualities have made John one of the most respected figures in world sport.
His retirement from Rugby in September 2001 marked the end of an era
for the Australian game and tributes flooded in from far and wide.
Former 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 ARU now have a prestigious award to honour the game’s best Wallaby player each season, known as The John Eales Medal.
Following retirement, John embarked on a new journey in the corporate
world. John is also a consultant to BT Financial Group, a Director of
the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and a Fairfax columnist.
In 2004 John attended the Athens Olympics as an Athlete Liaison Officer
for the Australian Team. He will repeat this role at the Beijing
Olympics in 2008. John works with organisations and their staff around
the issues of organisational culture and strategy.
Many corporations seeking to provide their leaders with an edge have used John’s insight into leadership and teams.
John recently released Learning from Legends, a book profiling the
leadership lessons and experiences of Australian sporting identities.
Leadership, Integrity and grace are often terms associated with John
Eales, he is an inspiration to all he comes into contact with a great
addition to any event.
John was received very well. He was well known by the majority of the audience which was a great start. He spoke on the topic we requested, which was about moving from number 1 to number 2, and utilised his business success to link his talk to the audience. His rugby stories were also very entertaining. John is a great bloke, and was most accommodating with our requests to sign copies of his books, manage the prize draw we did, and pose for numerous photos with the audience. We would definitely book John again.
Excellent. From the moment John arrived at the function he became part of the night. He chatted with all of our guests and happily had photographs taken and signed footballs etc. John was an excellent presenter. He spoke for over 40 minutes and the audience were totally immersed in his stories. He was happy to take questions and stayed quite late chatting to customers. I would highly recommend him.
Very Good. John was a very good speaker and had our audience captivated for the hour over dinner. He was very easy to listen to.
National Prescribing Service
Excellent. John was well-prepared and professional with a touch of humour that really hit the mark for a predominantly non-rugby audience however, all guests came away with a sense of understanding and a little of his infectious love for the sport.
From all feedback I had received on and after the evening it seems John was received very well. Everyone was very impressed by his speech/presentation on the night and it was very relevant to our needs and the training program that our audience had just completed. John is very easy to listen to and is very passionate about what he shares with the audience. On a personal level, he is a terrific person, very genuine and caring and a real gentlemen. A pleasure to deal with. We have utilised John three times now for our functions and he never fails to impress.
We had some great feedback about John, our audience found him extremely engaging and inspiring. Many said “his speech was the highlight of the day”. He was a pleasure to have and very lovely to deal with.
Leighton Contractors Pty Limited
Excellent. It doesn't matter whether you follow rugby or not, John is a figure to be admired. What is it that makes John such an admirable figure? Since the WOPPA dinner, I've thought about that question and his talk a lot and I think the quality that struck me most was his genuine humility. John is a man who has achieved so much in sport and then in business, yet there is a distinct lack of self-righteousness. The crowd was thoroughly enthralled for the 1hr 20 mins he spoke, lapping up his talk which was peppered with words of wisdom and a gentle self-deprecating humour. John was an absolute delight to work with, and nothing was too much trouble. What a treat!
Northern Rivers General Practice Network