This annual dinner features a panel of renowned Australian and international rugby legends such as John Eales AM, Dr Mark Loane AM, Michael Lynagh AM and Nathan Sharpe.

"Thank you very much for putting on an incredible event… the quality of people in the room was outstanding."

Nathan Sharpe, 2016 MC

In 2017 we welcome rugby legends Nick Farr-Jones, Tim Horan AM, Mark McBain, Dr Brendan Nasser, Joe Roff, Brooke Saunders and Nick Stiles.

Tim Horan AM National Head of Westpac Sports and Entertainment, and Fox Sports Rugby Commentator

Australian rugby legend Tim Horan AM made his Wallabies debut in 1999 as a teenager, earning his first gold jersey against the All Blacks.

Two years later at the 1991 World Cup, Horan was crucial to the Wallabies success, most notably when he scored a try from David Campese’s memorable over-the-shoulder, no-look pass in the semi-final against New Zealand. No try has been given as much replay time since.

One of the most consistent Australian players of the 1991 World Cup tour, he was an integral part of a highly productive back line and worked perfectly between Jason Little and Michael Lynagh.

Horan suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury in 1994, with doctors telling him that he was unlikely to play rugby again. He was out of the game for 12 months and made a remarkable comeback at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

In 1999, Horan became one of only six players to have won two Rugby World Cup medals, by guiding Australia to its second World Cup victory. He also won a year’s supply of Guinness for scoring the fastest try in the tournament.

Horan was named World Cup player of the tournament in 1999, in a fitting end to an illustrious career. In all, Horan played in 100 matches for Australia, 80 of them Tests, and had the honour of captaining his country twice – once in a Test against Wales, and once against the Barbarians, both in 1996.

Since retiring from his playing career, Horan retains an avid interest in rugby and is currently a rugby commentator at Fox Sports. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2006, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009, and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dr Brendan Nasser – Partner, Toowong Dental Group

Dr Brendan Nasser graduated from The University of Queensland (UQ) with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) in 1986.

He played senior rugby with the UQ Rugby Football Club from 1984 – 1992, during which time he was involved in premiership winning teams in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Nasser soon gained a reputation as a very powerful number eight with exceptional skills and strength, and was almost unstoppable when close to the try-line.

He played 45 games for Queensland from 1986 –1992, and made his Wallabies Test debut in Strasbourg, France in 1989 where he formed part of a formidable and very skilful Australian team.

Nasser continued to represent the Wallabies until 1992 with a total of 10 Test matches, including being a member of the 1991 Rugby World Cup winning Wallabies. Throughout his rugby career, Nasser earned a reputation as a skilful, clever and fair player and was regarded by his fellow players as an excellent team man.

Following his playing days in Australia, Nasser completed postgraduate study at the University of Oxford where he won his Rugby Blues before working as forwards coach at Oxford from 1994 – 1998.

On his return to Australia, Nasser pursued his career in dentistry and has been a partner at Toowong Dental Group since 1998.

Nasser founded the Classic Wallabies’ Indigenous Exchange (CWIE) program in 2012, which has seen thirty-two young Indigenous Australians tour to South Africa over the past four years, working in remote communities under Francois Pienaar’s MAD Foundation. The CWIE program expanded to the United Kingdom in 2016.

Nick Stiles – Head Coach, St.George Queensland Reds

After leaving school, Nick Stiles represented the Souths in the Brisbane club competition before switching to The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club (UQRFC) in 1997, where he was made Club Captain – a role he held until he retired from playing in 2005.

A highly mobile loosehead prop, Stiles had a long career with the Queensland Reds from 1997 to 2005 including 96 caps.  

Stiles was selected in the Wallabies squad for the European tour in 2000, and made his Test debut against the Lions at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in 2001 – the first of three Tests in which Australia would achieve their first ever series win over the British and Irish Lions.

With Australia reigning as the Rugby World Cup champions, Stiles would play a crucial role for the Wallabies in defending their status and retaining both the Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations trophy in 2001.

After a decorated playing career including 12 Wallabies appearances, Stiles moved into coaching with Premier Rugby Cub at The University of Queensland in 2006.

His ability as a professional player and his knowledge of the set piece set him up for fruitful coaching career, as he took his skills to Kubota in Japan and the Western Force, before returning home to Queensland.

Stiles took over as head coach of the St.George Queensland Reds ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season, after serving three seasons as the side's forwards coach.

Stiles has 12 years of coaching experience, including seven seasons in Super Rugby and two at the helm of National Rugby Championship side Brisbane City, which claimed back-to-back titles in the first two years of competition.

  • Dr Steve Cutler
  • John Eales AM
  • Con Foley
  • Mike Harris
  • James Horwill
  • Dr Mark Loane AM
  • Michael Lynagh AM
  • Andy McIntyre
  • Stephen Moore
  • Mike Petri
  • Nathan Sharpe
  • Mike Tolkin
  • Tim Usasz
  • The late Dan Vickerman