Phil Kearns is, without a doubt, one of Rugby’s most famous and respected sons. Phil’s comeback to the Wallaby side after an 18 month battle to overcome Achilles and knee injuries has been proclaimed as a symbol of his determination and quality as an enduring athlete.
Australia’s most capped hooker, Phil is acknowledged by many rugby commentators as having been the world’s best rugby hooker. Phil played 67 test matches for Australia after making his test debut in 1989. He also played in the ‘Rest of the World’ side against the All Blacks for the New Zealand Rugby Centenary celebrations.
Phil’s great ability as a player coupled with his leadership skills, both on and off the field, was recognised through his appointment as captain of the Wallabies on ten occasions throughout his career. A tenacious competitor, Phil epitomised the new breed of Australian sportsmen display in remarkable talent, ability and determination. Despite setting himself exceptionally high standards in all of his pursuits, Phil remained throughout his playing career, the consummate team member. His candid wit and outgoing personality made him popular with team mates, supporters, media and even opponents.
This popularity has continued through his media and other charitable commitments. Phil capped off his rugby career by playing an important part in the Wallabies World Cup win in 1999, the third world cup campaign for Phil.
Whilst better known for his rugby exploits, Phil has an Arts Degree majoring in Economics and Economic History from the University of NSW, a Diploma of Applied Finance and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
On finishing his professional rugby career, Phil’s career remained hectic with his work - becoming Managing Director of an IT Consulting firm, then in 2011 he commenced as CEO of a leading wealth management firm. He continues his commentating work with FoxSports and holds a directorship with the Children's Cancer Institute Australia and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.
Based on a combination of his sporting achievements, personal qualities and his articulate presentation skills, Phil is a highly sought after public speaker and spokesperson for any company or product.