Bingham Cup Sydney 2014

Ambassadors

David Pocock David Pocock – Australian Rugby Union

  • Won the John Eales Medal in 2010 – the highest honour in Australian Rugby
  • Recognized at an international level after being nominated for 2010 IRB Player of the Year which is an award given to the best player in world rugby
  • Recognised with the Australia’s Choice Wallaby of the Year and awarded the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) Medal of Excellence
  • Took over the Wallabies captaincy in 2012
Greg Inglish Greg Inglis – National Rugby League

  • Made his State of Origin debut in 2006
  • Played for Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos before signing with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons
  • Accolades include: Rugby League International Federation International Newcomer of the Year (2006), Clive Churchill Medallist (2007), Dally M Representative Player of the Year (2008, 2009), Wally Lewis Medallist (2009), Rugby League World International Player of the Year (2009), Fullback of the Year (2013)
John Eales John Eales – Australian Rugby Union

  • 55-cap reign as captain marked an era of Australian success in world rugby
  • In April 2013, he became the highest scoring forward in test rugby history
  • 86 caps make him the third most capped forward in Australia’s test rugby history
  • He retired as the most-capped lock of all time
  • He has written two books, ‘Learning From Legends’, a Sport and a Business version
Matty Johns Matty Johns – National Rugby League

  • Part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup
  • Played four State of Origin series matches for New South Wales
  • In 2002, he became a regular on The Footy Show
  • In 2012, he joined Fox Sports Australia as part of the Rugby League coverage
Mike Pyke – Australian Football League

  • Began his professional rugby career at the Edinburgh Gunners in 2004. He won his first international cap against Japan in the same year
  • Awarded the Dennis Carroll Trophy for Most Improved Player at the 2010 Sydney Swans Club Champion presentation.
  • First Canadian to play in an AFL premiership winning team, with the Sydney Swans’ win in the 2012 Grand Final
  • Played in all 25 games for the Swans’ 2013 season
Nick Farr-Jones Nick Farr-Jones – Australian Rugby Union

  • After playing in the 1986 Bledisloe Cup series win, he played in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and a year later was named Australian captain, at the age of 25
  • Capped 63 times for Australia, including 36 as captain (then a world record)
  • Inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1999, the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2008 and the IRB hall of fame in 2011
  • In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the sport of Rugby Union football
Phil Davis – Australian Football League

  • Drafted by Adelaide with the tenth selection in the 2008 AFL Draft.
  • He is the new Greater Western Sydney Football Club’s first signing from another AFL club
  • In February 2012, he was named as one of three inaugural Co-Captains of the GWS Giants
  • In 2013, he took the pledge as part of the AFL Players’ Association’s recently launched #Footy4IDAHO, a social media campaign targeting the use of homophobic language
Sarah Walsh Sarah Walsh – Football Federation Australia

  • Selected in the first round of the Women’s Professional Soccer league’s international draft in 2009 by Sky Blue FC.
  • In October 2012 it was announced that she had signed for Western Sydney Wanderers FC
  • Soon after this, she was elected Captain by the team members
  • Represented Australia at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Is a representative of the Professional Footballers Association’s Matildas Delegates’ Committee
Sasa Ognenovski Sasa Ognenovski – Football Federation Australia

  • 2010 AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player
  • 2010 AFC Asian Footballer of the Year
  • K-League Best XI: 2010
  • These achievements led to his inclusion in the Australian squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup
Adam Ashley Adam Ashley-Cooper – Australian Rugby Union

  • In 2010, Ashley-Cooper became the 35th Australian to surpass a half century of Test appearances during the Wallabies win over Italy in Florence
  • Completed a bachelor in Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University 2002-2003
  • Awards include: Barbarians man of the match vs. South Africa (2011), Players player, Wallabies vs. France (2010), Wallabies try of the year (2009)
Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell – Cricket Australia

  • Captained New South Wales Under-19s
  • Awarded the NSW Under-19 Player for the year
  • Promoted up the batting-order to replace one of the opening spots. It is a position she has filled for New South Wales in the Women’s National Cricket League, and which saw her accumulate the third highest run tally in the competition for last season
  • Participated in the 2005 World Cup in South Africa
  • Vice-captained the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the 2009 World Cup and World Twenty20
Darren Lehmann Darren Lehmann – Cricket Australia

  • Named stand-in vice-captain for the 2004 India tour
  • Cricket Australia named him as coach of the national side less than three weeks before the start of the 2013 Ashes
  • Accolades include: Walter Lawrence Trophy (2000), State Player of the Year (2000), Wisden Cricketer of the Year (2001), State Player of the Year (2001), State Player of the Year (2002)
  • Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year 2004-05