Speakers Profile - Andrew Slack

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Former Australia and Queensland centre Andrew Slack is most famous for leading the Wallabies on their 1984 Grand Slam tour of Europe which saw the stylish Wallabies record victories over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, out-scoring their opponents 100 points to 33 in the four Tests.

Slack proved an inspiring and intelligent leader during the Wallabies' 1984 'Grand Slam' tour of Europe, the tourists recording successive victories over the Home Unions with a mixture of tactical acumen and sheer genius from the likes of Ella - who scored tries in every Test - and David Campese.

He was also at the helm as Australia won the Bedisloe Cup with a 2-1 series win in New Zealand in 1986.

In total, Slack captained Australia 19 times in 39 caps for the Wallabies between 1978 and 1987, scoring ten Test tries and played 133 times for his native Queensland.

His last Test came against Wales in the third-place play-off in the inaugural Rugby World Cup.
After retirement he became a rugby journalist and author before becoming Queensland Reds assistant coach under John Connolly between 1993 and 1998, seeing the Reds take the Super 10 title in 1994 and 1995.

Chosen as a Wallaby selector in 2000, the following year Slack was part of the committee who were responsible for hiring Eddie Jones as Wallaby coach.

In 2002 he was appointed as head coach of Queensland, standing down from his Wallaby position to concentrate on his new coaching duties.