PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION PLAYER | WALLABIES & NSW WARATAHS SCRUM HALF
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“As a kid, I was a realist and knew only a few people in Australia are ever going to be chosen to represent the Wallabies, so I played because I enjoyed the game. I wanted to make sure I didn’t let anyone down in my team, so I trained as hard as I possibly could. The harder you train, the more opportunities you get.”

Nick Phipps is a professional rugby union player and current scrum half for the NSW Waratahs and Australian Wallabies.

As early as 2009, when he captained the University of Sydney’s Premiership-winning 1st Colts team, Nick has been a crucial team advocate. Plucked unexpectedly from his university team, Nick’s professional rugby career started with a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he played for the Australian Rugby Sevens. He has played more than 100 professional games, including 66 tests for the Wallabies.

A mainstay of the leadership team at both state and national levels, he was named Club Captain after he joined the NSW Waratahs in 2014 and enjoyed a game as Wallabies team captain in an international game against the Barbarians in 2017.

He credits his family for his path to professional rugby—not just his father, a sportsmaster and housemaster at The King’s School Parramatta, who has contributed to Nick’s love of the game—but the legacy of his grandfather and great uncle who were both Wallabies in their time.

While honing the skills to be a rugby player has been important for his career, it’s honing the skills to be a team player that has defined Nick’s leadership, earning him a spot in the Waratahs leadership team and accolades such as the 2016 Waratah Medal for on and off field excellence and the 2017 Sydney University Blue of the Year. He is also a fan favourite, as evidenced by being named the readers’ choice for the 2016 Men’s Health Celebrity Man of the Year Award.

Nick aims to take this attitude and his leadership skills beyond rugby and already has an eye on the future. While he has a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University, he is also completing his final subject in a Masters of International Business at his original alma mater, the University of Sydney.

As a long standing Wallabies and NSW Waratahs team member, Nick Phipps is ideally placed to speak on topics that include goal setting, concentration and focus, team work, training and practise, skills and drills, overcoming obstacles, work/life balance, maintaining a positive attitude after setbacks, and leadership.

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

 

While honing the skills to be a rugby player has been important for his career, it’s honing the skills to be a team player that has defined Nick’s leadership, earning him a spot in the Waratahs leadership team and accolades such as the 2016 Waratah Medal and 2017 Sydney University Blue of the Year.

2017 – 2018 

2018 Masters of International Business Sydney University
2018 NSW Waratahs Club Captain (current)
2018 110th Super Rugby Cap
2017 Wallabies Captain against the Barbarians
2017 Sydney University Blue of the Year

2013 – 2016

2016 Men’s Health Celebrity Man of the Year
2016 NSW Waratahs medal for ‘on and off field’ excellence
2013 Bachelor of Business Swinburne University
2013 Rod McQueen Medal for excellence

2011 – 2012

2012 Appointed Royal Flying Doctors Ambassador
2011 Melbourne Rebels Players Player

2009 – 2010

2010 Silver Medal Australian Rugby 7’s Commonwealth Games
2009 Captained University of Sydney Premiership-winning 1st Colts team