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Ben Tune Travels from Brisbane, QLD

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Ben Tune is remembered as one of the world's most entertaining rugby players. His electrifying speed, together with his strength and determination, and genuine ability to beat an opponent, saw him terrifying opposition defences and exciting rugby lovers throughout the world.

A prolific try scorer at state and international level, Ben burst onto the scene in 1995 when he made his debut for the Reds against Otago at the age of 18. The following year he made his first appearance for the Wallabies against Wales in Sydney.

He is a member of Qld Rugby’s “100 Club”, and was named in their Team of the Century (1900-2000), as well as the Wallabies Team of the Decade (1996-2005).

The defining moment in Ben's rugby career was the 1999 Rugby World Cup, where Ben was one of Australia's stand out performers. His match-winning try in the final against France saw him realize a lifelong dream, as Australia became World Champions for the second time.

A Queensland and Wallaby Legend, Ben became a Qld Rugby Club Ambassador, which he saw as an excellent opportunity to give something back to the game that gave him so much over the 12 years of his professional rugby career.

He has previously worked in a variety of industries using skills and tools acquired through the study of a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate in Change Management, and a Masters in Business Administration or MBA.

Ben has a wealth of experience and wisdom on and off the rugby field. He can talk about a variety of topics including his rugby career, comparing business with sport, and his battle with mental illness. Ben has recently been very open with his battle with depression and drug addiction since his retirement in 2007, saying he wanted to speak about his illness to help to alleviate the stigma attached to depression among males, especially those who participate in contact sport.

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