Lessons learned from the world of rugby: ESV hosts event for the property and funds management industry

On Wednesday 16 August ESV hosted clients and guests from the property and funds management industry at a boardroom lunch to celebrate Bledisloe Cup and ESV’s Community Partnership with Randwick Rugby. Guests had the pleasure of listening to rugby legends Bob Dwyer and Owen Finegan speak of the highlights of their sporting careers, highlighting the parallels with the business world.

Australian international rugby union player, Owen Fingean shared the highlights of his sports and business careers, including winning a Rugby World Cup, a Lions Series, two Super 12 trophies, numerous Bledisloe victories and voted Wallaby Player of the Year. In 2005, Owen was named in the "Wallaby Team of the Decade".

Owen gained much of his valuable skills with the help of his Brumbies and World Cup Coach Rod Macqueen. Rod emphasised that his team were “assets rather than rugby players”. Every year Rod presented a new vision for his team, such as ‘taking on the world’ and ‘being one step ahead’, to maintain the player’s personal growth and motivation. The importance of family values and community was also valued in Brumbies, which was initiated by Rod.

Bob Dwyer was another one of Owen’s coaches who inspired his long running success. In 2002 Bob lifted the NSW Waratahs to their first-ever Super 12 championship play-off. At the lunch Bob talked about the importance of intuition on the fast-paced rugby field. He commended Owen for being a player who allowed his intuition to play a major role in his action on the field.

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