Stephen Larkham – Rugby Union
Arguably the greatest ever flyhalf to have worn a Wallabies jersey, Stephen Larkham began his club and international career as a teenager, plucked from the second grade competition of the ACT Club Rugby competition, alongside George Gregan with whom he was later to form a formidable scrum half/fly half combination in 79 international appearances. Already an inductee to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Larkham received his national call-up later that same year against Wales, as a reserve, coming on to replace Ben Tune on a wing. It was to be but the first of 102 games he would play for Australia. Originally a fullback, Larkham’s switch to flyhalf is credited with providing Australia with international success between 1999-2004. This included a Rugby World Cup, Five consecutive Bledisloe Cup victories and two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies. In 1999, he kicked one of the most iconic drop goals in history against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semi-final despite nursing a knee injury and clouded vision (which was later corrected with surgery). The kick came from 48 metres out and cemented Australia’s spot in the Rugby World Cup final which the side would go on to win to claim the Wallabies second World Cup crown. He is one of just four players to have played for the Brumbies and Wallabies over 100 times, has won two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies as a player and as a coach has led the side to the Super Rugby finals for the past four years. His record at Rugby World Cups as both a player and coach stands at 19 matches for just two losses, one as a player and one as a coach.