Perth Rugby Business Network – Pre-Rugby World Cup Meeting


Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Venue: Moon and Sixpence, 300 Murray Street, Perth

Join us for the Australian Rugby Business Network’s National Pre-World Cup Q&A panel event, which will be broadcast all around Australia! The panel in Sydney consists of former Wallabies, Dan Vickerman, Owen Finegan and Brian Smith, who will be discussing the upcoming World Cup.

We will have Richard Brown in Perth, who will chat to us about his rugby and business career once the broadcast from Sydney concludes.

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The format of the evening is as follows:

4.00pm: Guests arrive

4.10pm: Welcome by RBN host, Gareth Lee-Bell

4.20pm: Sydney RBN live stream commences with host Adrian Skeggs (former Wallaby prop) introducing the panel

5.25pm: There is a brief Q&A with Richard Brown



Richard Brown is one of six players to have represented the Western Force in all of its Super 14 games in 2007, and one of 14 Force players selected in the Wallabies train-on squad in May 2008. In 2009 Richard became the Wallabies first choice number 8.

Brown had no hesitation in saying his fondest moments at the Force were “the wonderful people and great players who made this club so special”, highlighting a run of 88 games for the club dating back to their first-ever battle against the Brumbies in 2006. (Quote from the Courier Mail in July of 2013)

In 2013 Richard took up a two-year contract with Honda Heat in the Japanese Top League after his eighth season with the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise during which he won 23 caps for the Wallabies.

In 2000 he played in the first XV at St. Josephs Nudgee College in Brisbane, captained by Rocky Elsom. Brown was in Year 11 with Hugh McMeniman and Rocky Elsom was in Year 12.

In recent years, Richard has been developing his skills in the area of Health and Safety.


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OwenOwen Finegan is a 56-cap Wallaby and World Cup winner in 1999, scoring a try in the final. He played in 93 Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies, and was named Australia’s Player of the Year in 2001. He has a range of tertiary qualifications and is currently the CEO of The Kids Cancer Project.


Dan Vickerman is a 63-cap Wallaby, having played in 3 World Cups. He played in 86 Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies and Waratahs, and also had spells overseas for Cambridge University and Northampton Saints. He has 2 tertiary commerce qualifications and currently is responsible for asset management at Heathley Limited, a boutique Fund Management company.


Brian Smith had the rare distinction of having played for both Australia (6 Tests) and Ireland (9 Tests), as well as having played rugby league in Australia. He has held various coaching positions around the world, and also coached the Australian Sevens team and was England attack coach. He is currently the Director of Rugby at The Scots College in Sydney.

The Rugby Business Network is a not-for-profit organisation that connects business people with a passion for rugby.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gareth Lee-Bell – Perth RBN Convenor


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