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 astute businessman.
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 field’.
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.