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Date Inducted: 08 Oct 2009
Sport: Rugby Union
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George Gregan AM - Rugby Union

George Gregan is the most capped Wallaby in Australian Rugby history.

He represented Australia 139 times and captained the side in a record 59 matches.

He took part in four World Cup campaigns (including the 1999 World Champions and the side which came heartbreakingly close in 2003) and 12 Tri-Nations series.

He was a founding member of the ACT Brumbies in the Super 12 (now Super 14) series, playing 136 matches and winning five Premierships with them.

George Gregan was born in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1973, but moved to Australia with his parents when he was just a year old. He began playing rugby as a schoolboy in Canberra and was selected in national sides at under-19 and under 21 levels.

In 1994 he made his first appearance for the Wallabies in a match against Italy in Brisbane. Later than year he made a famous try-saving tackle on All-Black Jeff Wilson that helped Australia to an epic Bledisloe Cup victory.

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