Press Conference

Wednesday 9 November 2011 at 12 noon

The Round Foundry Media Centre-off David Street, Leeds LS11 5QP.

FrontRow Legal will be hosting a press conference tomorrow at 12 noon. The subject matter of the conference will be “the hybrid code” details of which are provided on the website www.thehybridcode.com. Three of the Australian board members will be present at the press conference including Bob Dwyer, Phil Franks and Paul Gibson. They will be able to talk about the hybrid code and what they have achieved in Australia so far and what their proposed plans are to roll this out here in England.

Bob Dwyer (born 29 November 1940) is an Australian rugby union coach.

Educated at Sydney Boys High School, he coached Sydney club Randwick to four Sydney championship wins before becoming Australia’s national team coach. He coached Australia from 1982-83, and again from 1988. He coached Australia to victory at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
In 1998 Dwyer was appointed head coach of recently-relegated Bristol Rugby. Under him the club returned to the Premiership at the first time of asking. The next season saw Bristol finish sixth in the top flight and narrowly miss out on qualification for the Heineken Cup. In 2000, Dwyer left Bristol after changes to the club’s back room staff. In his time at Bristol Dwyer was a forceful advocate for the club’s potential to be the leading light in English rugby, “the potential here is greater than in any other rugby city in England, including Leicester”.

In 2001 Dwyer returned to Australia and became coach of the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby (at the time known as Super 12). He led the Waratahs to an eighth-place finish in 2001 and their first semi-final in the competition in 2002. He resigned in 2003 after a fifth-place finish but stayed with the New South Wales union as a development officer.

In 2011, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame, alongside all other Rugby World Cup-winning head coaches and captains through the 2007 edition.

He has written two autobiographies – The Winning Way (1992) and Full Time: A coach’s Memoirs (2004).

Paul Gibson is a recent retired MP from Sydney Australia and Phil Franks is a Sydney based entrepreneur and former Rugby League Player for the Balmain, Penrith and Western Suburbs clubs in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Accordingly, you are invited to attend the Round Foundry Media Centre for tomorrow’s press conference. Although it is short notice we would like to see you present and if you could be so kind enough to confirm by email your availability we should be able to organise a free car parking spot for you in the media centre.
Messrs Dwyer, Franks and Gibson will be departing back to Australia at the end of the week and this is an ideal opportunity to interview these gentlemen when they travel up from London to Leeds tomorrow.
Should you require any further information please contact me.

Richard Cramer
FrontRow Legal
richard.cramer@frontrowlegal.com

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