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36. Junior Wallabies Coach Talks Leadership

by | Dec 7, 2020 | 2 comments

The Culture of Leadership
The Culture of Leadership
36. Junior Wallabies Coach Talks Leadership


Nathan Grey was born in Gosford and educated on the Gold Coast, He was a committed, hard nosed and straight running inside centre who gave his all for club, state and country. Nathan played three years of 1st XV rugby for The Southport School alongside former Wallaby captains Nathan Sharpe and James Slipper and represented Australia at U19 and U21 levels.

In 1997 he debuted for Queensland against New South Wales in Sydney but by the end of the year he turned to the dark side and toured with a NSW development squad. Nathan was then offered a NSW contract and he joined the Waratahs.

Within seven months of his first Waratahs match he was in the Wallabies squad and won a debut against Scotland in Sydney. Nathan was a key part of what was the golden era of Australian rugby.

In 1998 he was in the squad as Australia completed their first ever 3-0 clean sweep of a Test series against New Zealand.

In 1999 he was a member of the World Cup winning squad and in 2001 he started in each match of the historic 2-1 series victory over the British & Irish Lions. Nathan played 35 tests for Australia, starting in 19, over the course of his six-year international career.

In 2011, Nathan began his coaching career in Japan before joining the Melbourne Rebels as an Assistant Coach. He was part of Michael Cheika’s coaching staff that guided the Waratahs to a maiden Super Rugby championship in 2014 and was also part of the coaching staff at the Wallabies from 2014 to 2019. He joined the Sunwolves in Japan for the 2020 Super Rugby season in the role as Technical Director before taking on a role as High Performance National Programs Coach for Rugby Australia.

In December 2020, Nathan was appointed Head Coach of the Junior Wallabies U20s Australian Rugby Union side.

The focus of our conversation today is culture, leadership & teamwork as a player and coach in rugby union.

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  1. Julie Watson

    Another great podcast Brendan. Listened to this one with Dad. Thanks for the insights Nathan and I’m sure there will be lot’s of success coming your way given your leadership skills.

    • Brendan Rogers

      Thank you Julie. I hope Dad liked it as well. Definitely big things for Nathan moving forward.


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