George Gregan OAM
George Musarurwa Gregan was born in Lusaka, Zambia. He moved to Canberra with his parents at a young age and attended St Edmund’s College. He furthered his education graduating with a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) from the University of Canberra.
Gregan was a foundation player for the Brumbies from the inception of the competition in 1996. He played Super 12 (now Super Rugby) for the Brumbies through to 2007, helping to lead the Brumbies to overall victories in 2001 and 2004.
Gregan was a triumphant player at an international level of rugby union as well. He made his first appearance for the Wallabies in 1994 in a match against Italy in Brisbane, which the Wallabies won 23 to 20. Later that same year, Gregan made a famous try-saving tackle that directly led to Australia winning the Bledisloe Cup that year and is much remembered as one of the greatest moments in the Wallabies-All Blacks rivalry.
Gregan became the Wallabies captain in 2001.
In the first test match of 2006, under new Wallabies coach John Connolly, Gregan earned his 120th international cap – setting a new world record for the most number of international captaincies. In that same year Gregan also passed Eales’ record, becoming the most capped Australian captain of all time.
Gregan’s admirable talent did not go un-noticed and in 2004 Gregan was appointed to the Order of Australia for his services to Rugby Union Football and in particular as the Captain of the Wallabies.
Gregan retired on a high, winning his last home game with the Brumbies on the 28 April 2007.
He was again selected as part of the Wallabies squad for the 2007 home tests against Wales and Fiji and the Tri-Nations Series, although he was no longer the Captain of the team.
Gregan is a commendable athlete with far reaching success within the rugby union profession.
Born: 19 April 1973