There is little doubt that Phil Kearns is one of the enduring stars of the rugby fraternity. Renowned as Australia’s most capped hooker, the ten-time captain of the Wallabies has a consistency of character and leadership on and off the field that has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers, fans and the media.
Phil’s winning combination of talent, tenacity and determination remained steadfast until his retirement from the field.
Phil Kearns is, without a doubt, one of rugby's most famous and respected sons.
Phil's comeback to the Wallaby side after an 18 month battle to overcome Achilles and knee injuries has been proclaimed as a symbol of his determination and quality as an enduring athlete. Australia's most capped hooker, Phil is acknowledged by many rugby commentators as having been the world's best rugby hooker. Phil played 67 test matches for Australia after making his test debut in 1989. He also played in the Rest of the World side against the All Blacks for the New Zealand Rugby Centenary celebrations.
Phil's great ability as a player coupled with his leadership skills, both on and off the field, was recognised through his appointment as captain of the Wallabies on ten occasions throughout his career. A tenacious competitor, Phil epitomised the new breed of Australian sportsmen displaying remarkable talent, ability and determination. Despite setting himself exceptionally high standards in all of his pursuits, Phil remained throughout his playing career, the consummate team member. His candid wit and outgoing personality made him popular with team mates, supporters, media and even opponents. This popularity has continued through his media and other charitable commitments.
Phil capped off his rugby career by playing an important part in the Wallabies World Cup win in 1999, the third world cup campaign for Phil. Since retirement, Phil's career has remained hectic with his work as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand with a major IT company together with his many commitments to the media (Fox Sports and Channel Nine) as well as his numerous charities. And, of course, with four young kids, Phil and his wife Julie have never been busier!
Phil was educated at Newington College and the University of New South Wales where he received his degree in Economics and Economic History.
Based on a combination of his sporting achievements, personal qualities and his articulate presentation skills, Phil is a highly sought after public speaker and spokesperson for any company or product.
Phil was fantastic - could not be happier. To the crowd he seemed genuine, interested and very compelling…and slotted in well – extremely professional.
Phil Kearns was the guest speaker at the Carbine Club of WA Rugby Luncheon held in Perth on the eve of the Wallabies vs. Fiji Test Match played on the 9th June 2007. The Luncheon was attended by some 250 business and sporting people and was an outstanding success due largely to the excellent presentation by Phil...Phil's 45 minute talk was presented in a professional, informative and humorous fashion. He received and responded to numerous questions during a 20 minute question time. The Carbine Club received many positive comments relating to Phil's presentation and I would have no hesitation in recommending Phil as a guest speaker for future sporting/business functions.
Carbine Club of Western Australia