Bob Dwyer coached Australia to Rugby World Cup glory in 1991 and is one of the most highly respected figures in the world game.
A one-club player, he played 347 senior matches in 18 seasons for Randwick before turning his attentions to coaching. Under him, the Galloping Greens reeled off five straight Sydney Premiership titles and beat Manly in the 1981 Grand Final.
A year later he was appointed as the Wallabies’ head coach. During his time in charge – 1982-83 and 1988-94 – Australia won 49 of the 74 tests played. As well as the famous 12-6 victory over England in the RWC 1991 final at Twickenham, Dwyer led Australia to Bledisloe Cup success in 1992 and 1994.
After a spell overseas with the Racing Club in France and Leicester and Bristol in England, Dwyer returned home in 2001 to coach NSW Waratahs. In his second year he took the ‘Tahs to their first ever Super 12 final.
Rugby is a complex game as games go, yet it is only a game. To coach it successfully you don’t need to have the intellect of a nuclear physicist. What you need is some experience a lot of common sense and a touch of imagination. There is one other requirement – a good memory.