1999 JOHN EALES

AUS­TRALIA

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - MAGNIFICENT SEVEN -

PO­SI­TION: Lock AGE ON DE­BUT: 21 AGE WHEN FIRST CAP­TAIN: 24 CAPS BE­FORE BE­COM­ING CAP­TAIN: 31 TESTS AS CAP­TAIN: 55 TO­TAL CAPS: 86 KEY QUAL­I­TIES: World Class player and all rounder. In­tel­li­gent. Ar­tic­u­late. Strate­gic. Ca­pac­ity to learn from busi­ness. Deep belief in the Wal­la­bies.

John Eales was a World Cup win­ner with the Wal­la­bies in 1991 and is one of a se­lect group to win the tour­na­ment twice. The sec­ond time, he did so as cap­tain – a job that was des­tined to be his for some time.

Eales’ nick­name is No­body – as in, No­body is per­fect. Again, he’s a man with a big in­tel­lect and strong ed­u­ca­tion.

A phe­nom­e­nal player, Eales was not only the world’s premier li­ne­out for­ward through­out the 1990s, he was a su­perb goal-kicker and prob­a­bly could have played as easily at No 8 and full­back as he did at lock.

What struck about his cap­taincy was the depth of re­search he un­der­took in dif­fer­ent fields. Eales felt he could learn about lead­er­ship

by study­ing in­flu­en­tial busi­ness fig­ures.

So his cap­taincy was a po­tent mix of ex­treme tal­ent – he was the most gifted Wal­laby on the field; in­cred­i­ble tac­ti­cal and strate­gic un­der­stand­ing and strong knowl­edge of the art of lead­er­ship.

Eales was a tower of strength to those around him – some­one who re­fused to panic un­der pres­sure. He could in­spire, he could de­mand and he could de­liver – qual­i­ties that helped the Wal­la­bies guts out their semi­fi­nal win at the 1999 World Cup.

Eales is another whose depth has be­come ap­par­ent in his post-rugby ca­reer as he’s been phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful in busi­ness and as a con­sul­tant.

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