Speakers Profile - Rod Kafer

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Rod Kafer is an ACT Brumbies & Wallabies legend that now works for Fox Sports as a rugby commentator and has a weekly segment on the show Rugby HQ called “Fox Field”.

Credited with arguably the greatest “rugby brains” in the game, Rod analytical skills were the guiding force behind much of the ACT Brumbies and Wallabies success in the late 1990’s and early 2000s, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup & the ACT Brumbies 2001 Super 12 Victories.

Rod was the first player to have received winning medals from the major Southern and Northern Hemisphere rugby tournaments, the Super 12 with the ACT Brumbies in 2001 and the Heineken Cup with Leicester Tigers in 2002. The only other players to have achieved this are Doug Howlett, Brad Thorn, Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw.

Rod was appointed Head Coach at Saracens in 2003, holding the position for two years before deciding to come back to Australia to join Fox Sports as a commentator. Rod features in the Fox Sports Rugby coverage at every Wallabies Test fixture.

Rod was a founding member and did serve as President of the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) from its steering Committee days in 1995. He has been a long time advocated of players taking a responsibility for their welfare and working conditions. In addition to his commentating commitments with Fox Sports Rugby, Rod previously owned a telecommunications company and sold it in 2014 and now works in the Australian Rugby Union in a high performance role.