RBN North Shore (Sydney) and RBN Melbourne will both host events next week, with former internationals Nick Farr-Jones, Gavin Lawless and Ben Darwin set to hold court.
North Shore will be first out of the blocks with an event at Avondale Golf Club on Monday 16th. Former Wallaby World Cup-winning captain, Nick Farr-Jones will be a guest speaker, with Rob McEwen playing host and Adrian Skeggs acting as MC. Due to the venue hire, there will be a $30/head cover charge, payable at the door, with complimentary canapes and a drink served upon arrival.
Nick was capped for Australia for 10 consecutive years, notching up 63 tests between 1984 and 1993. Remarkably, he was never replaced on the field during this time. He captained the Wallabies for 5 years in 36 matches and was awarded an AM in 1992 for services to the game.
While he was playing rugby, Nick worked in the mid-sized Sydney legal firm of Garland Seaborn and Abbott, and upon retirement, he pursued a career in investment banking, relocating to Paris in 1995 for 4 years to work at Société Générale in their commodity finance business. In 2009, he joined Taurus Resource Fund, which specializes in investing in the mining and resource sector.
On Wednesday 18th, RBN Melbourne will follow suit with an event at Bell’s Hotel.
Gavin Lawless and Ben Darwin will be sharing their stories and expertise with members at what will be a fascinating and productive evening.
When rugby turned professional, Gavin was offered a contract to play for the Lions and was the team’s leading points-scorer in both the Super 12 and Currie Cup that year. Gavin was lured away in 1997 to join the Sharks and he scored an incredible 50 points (including 4 tries) on debut against the Otago Highlanders, which is still the world record for points scored by an individual in a first-class rugby match.
Gavin migrated to Australia in 2000 and has spent the last 23 years in sales, marketing and general management roles. Gavin was the Australian VP and GM of Avnet Technology Solutions for 6 years and he subsequently bought into an energy Management consulting firm in 2012.
Ben Darwin represented the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby at tighthead prop and was capped 28 times for the Wallabies. Ben’s playing career was unfortunately cut short in 2003 when he sustained a horrific neck injury in the World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks in Sydney.
Since that dark day and the resultant recovery period, Ben has obtained considerable experience in coaching, player development and analysis. This includes a variety of positions with the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels and in Japan with NTT Shining Arcs and Suntory Sungoliath.
Driven by a desire to introduce a greater degree of empirical analysis into professional sport, Ben started GAIN LINE in 2013. Ben is involved at every level of the business, whether it be developing predictive models, presenting research findings or consulting with clients.
Incredibly, a mere 12 months after his injury, Ben conquered the Kokoda Track and he completed his first Iron Man in 2008.