CURRENCY OF WORLD RUGBY
View To The 2019 RWC & Beyond
Monday 19 August 5.30pm - 8.30pm
City Tattersalls Club, Sydney
Currency of World Rugby
– View To The 2019 RWC & Beyond
Special Guest Speakers:
Scott Johnson - Head High Performance Coach, Rugby Australia
Toby Lawson - CEO, Societe General
Greg Thomas - Media & Communications, World Rugby & Rugby World Cup 2019
Two hours of the best substantial canapes on the Tatts menu.
Two hours of beer, wine and soft drinks. (Spirits can be purchased at the bar).
Three hours to mix, mingle and make connections with like minded rugby and business people.
FREE to our General, Regional and Corporate members. Non-members welcome - $69.00pp.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Rugby Career Highlights
Parramatta Two Blues
New South Wales Waratahs
Australia A (2001)
Wales – caretaker (2006)
Scott Johnson returns to Australia following 12 years abroad coaching in Wales, the USA and the last seven seasons as Director of Rugby in Scotland. A skilled back for Parramatta Two Blues and Eastwood in Sydney’s Shute Shield, Johnson was widely regarded in Australian Rugby circles during his playing days and even captained New South Wales and Australian U21s.
Johnson made his first foray into the coaching arena with Penrith in the Sydney First Grade competition and was named Club Coach of the Year in 1999. Johnson then worked as an Assistant at New South Wales Waratahs in 2001 before serving as an Assistant for the Australia ‘A’ team that defeated the British and Irish Lions that same year.
An invitation from Graham Henry soon followed and Johnson moved to Wales as Skills Coach in their Six Nations campaign. Johnson then worked alongside now All Blacks coach Steve Hansen during his stint as Wales coach, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Johnson was back in the Wallabies fold for the next World Cup in 2007 after he accepted the role as Attack Coach under John Connolly but moved to the United States the following year as Head Coach of the Eagles.
His time in the USA proved brief, as Johnson moved to Ospreys in Wales as Head Coach before joining the Scottish Rugby Union in 2012.
Johnson joins Rugby Australia as the first-ever Director of Rugby and his remit covers all the professional teams and coaches.
Toby Lawson is CEO of Société Générale Securities Australia and Head of Global Markets and been with the group since 2000.
Following his studies in economics at the University of Sydney, his career has seen him work domestically and in Hong Kong for several years. Société Générale has been a major partner of Rugby World Cups since 1991 while locally sponsoring Easts RFC in Sydney since 2003.
Toby has also enjoyed time as a rugby commentator with the ABC for several years covering the Shute Shield.
A media and communications professional with over 25 years experience Greg Thomas currently operates as an international sports media consultant based in Sydney. He was worked at senior management levels within major sport organisations specialising in delivery of communications, public relations, media= management and event media operations.
With an extensive background, knowledge and experience in the world of sport he is in a position to make an immediate and positive contribution to any organisation. As an accomplished communicator, both nationally and globally, he has a complete understanding of all communications platforms and the need for clear and succinct strategies that define an organisation, its brand and its business strategies.
1995-1997 Media Manager – Australian Rugby Union: first in-house Wallaby
1997 – 2000 Senior Communications and Media Adviser 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
2000 – Established Thomas Sports Soltions Pty Ltd.
2003 – Press Officer, Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2003 in Australia
2004 – 2009 Head of Communications and Media IRB [World Rugby]: Dublin Ireland
2009 Head of Media and Communications – British & Irish Lions to South Africa.
2009 – 2011 Media Operations Manager RWC 2011: New Zealand
2011 -2013 Head of Media and Communications British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.
2013 – 2015 Media Operations Manager RWC 2015: England.
2016 – Head oF Media and Communications SANZAAR (Super Rugby/Rugby Championship)
2017- 2019 – Media Operations Manager RWC 2019: Japan