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2003 Presenters

To be invited as a speaker to the world rugby conference, the candidate must demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and achievement


Forward Skills

Andrew Blades

Former Wallaby Prop
Played in 1999 World Cup Final
Coached Australian Forwards versus British Lions in 2001
Currently Coaching at Newcastle

Rugby Fitness

Pat Fox

Director of Fitness, Saracens RFC Current
Head Fitness Trainer, Wasps 1996 - 2002
Fitness Director, England Rugby Team 1998 - 1999
Fitness Director various New Zealand High Performance Teams including Auckland NPC and New Zealand?s Americas Cup Squad.

Wayne Smith

Mr. Smiths CV speaks for itself. Capped 17 times for New Zealand. He also captained the All Blacks Sevens team between 1984 and 1986 winning the Hong Kong Sevens that year. Smith coached Canterbury to two Super 12 titles and now is at the helm of Northampton RFC in England. His innovative approach to coaching focuses on the team and the contest of rugby.

Defensive Skills

Frank Ponissi

Former Australian Rugby League Player
Current Defense and Skills Coach at Montferrand
Defense and Skills Consultant to Wallabies and Springboks


Dinner Speaker

Todd Blackledder

Former All Black captain
Former Canterbury Crusader
Scottish National Team Asst Coach


Ed Morrison

Internationally renowned referee from England