SPORTING HALL OF FAME
John was born in Wagga on the 26th June 1968. He attended South Wagga Primary and Wagga High Schools. John played golf and participated in cross-country running while at school. In 1987, during his first year of study at University he took up rugby union with the Sydney University Football Club.
In 1991, John played for Sydney in his first representative match before going on to play for NSW Country, NSW and the Australian Barbarians. He captained the Australian Universities side in 1993 as well as the Emerging Wallabies against Namibia during their tour to Southern Africa in 1994.
The defining moments in John's career were competing against his brother for everything and being dragged out of bed by Patrick Cunningham to play his first game of Rugby. His favourites quotes are " Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster higher stronger)" and "You get out of the game what you put in". Before each game he always put his left boot and sock on first.
John is a Foundation Member of the ACT Brumbies for which he played over 60 games including 46 consecutive Super 12 matches. He toured with the Wallabies to the United Kingdom in 1996, again in 1997, and to Argentina in the same year. John represented Australia on four occasions, playing in Tests against the All Blacks, South Africa, England and Scotland in 1997.
These days John plays 4th Grade for Sydney University and is a junior referee for his son's games.