Nick Farr-Jones was the inspirational captain who led Australia to their first Rugby World Cup success in 1991.
A lawyer by profession, Farr-Jones’ intelligence extended to the rugby field where he acted as Australia’s general at scrum-half for nearly a decade alongside long-term half-back partner Michael Lynagh.
His Wallabies career began in 1984 as part of the famous Grand Slam side which toured the UK, with victory over England at Twickenham, and continued until 1993 when he won the last of his 63 caps, against South Africa in Sydney.
Farr-Jones assumed the role of captain in 1988 and led the side 36 times, most famously against England when Tony Daly’s try and eight points from Lynagh saw Australia crowned world champions.
Farr-Jones' moment of glory at Twickenham was followed by another year of success at the helm, with a Bledisloe Cup victory and a series win over South Africa during 1992.
That game (Ireland v Australia quarter final at RWC 1991) was the most emotional time of my life. It was similar to the birth of one of my children crammed into about four minutes. And it’s odd to think we wouldn’t be talking now if we hadn’t got that final try back. It changed so many things in my life. - Nick Farr-Jones