As UQ’s premier event of the year in New York, the dinner features a panel of renowned Australian and international rugby legends, the awarding of the esteemed Dr Mark Loane AM Medal and raises funds for The University of Queensland in America, Inc. (TUQIA) priorities, the UQ Rugby Club and Play Rugby USA.

This year’s stellar line-up includes ex-Wallaby Captain, Stephen Moore AM, former Wallaby and Fox Sports commentator, Drew Mitchell, former Springbok, Pedrie Wannenburg and former British and Irish Lions player, Tom Court.



Event details:

Date: Thursday 7 November

Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Location: Manhattan Manor, 201 W 52nd St, New York, NY

Cost: Individual ticket US$250; Tables from US$2,300

Details: Ticket includes a three-course dinner, beverages (including premium spirits) and the chance to win fantastic rugby paraphernalia and auction items. 

RSVP: By Thursday 31 October 2019

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2019 Panellists

Drew Mitchell (70 Test Caps for the Wallabies)

Brisbane born and bred, Mitchell was educated at St Patrick’s College in Shorncliffe and played his junior rugby for the Pine Rivers Pumas Rugby Union club before going on to play for the University of Queensland Rugby Club.

Mitchell made his international debut for the Wallabies against South Africa in 2005, after being selected off the back of a season with the Queensland Reds in which he scored 11 tries and was named Australia’s rookie of the year.

Mitchell is Australia’s highest try scorer in World Cup history.

Today, Mitchell is a Rugby Commentator at Fox Sports and enjoys running marathons.

Tom Court (32 Caps for Ireland)

Court was born in Brisbane, Australia and began his sporting career as a shot-putter. He was the Australian University Champion for three years running and attended Olympic trials in 2002.

In 2004, Court started playing rugby at The University of Queensland at 24 years of age.

In his first season at UQ, Court went from playing 6th grade to starting in the Premier Grade Grand Final. After a short stint in the New Zealand NPC for Manawatu, Tom returned to Australia and was selected to play for the Queensland Reds only 12 months after his first game.

Court went on to represent the Ireland A side at the 2006 Churchill Cup only 16 months after playing his first game of rugby union.

Court achieved his first international cap for Ireland against Italy in the 2009 Six Nations where Ireland went on to win the tournament and claim the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years.

Court was named as part of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Squad in 2011, and played in the Irish 15-6 victory over Australia on 17 September 2011.

In 2013, Court was named in the British and Irish Lions team for their tour of Australia.

Since retiring in 2017, Tom Court has since returned to Australia and is working at The University of Queensland at the Graduate School.

Stephen Moore AM

Moore began his rugby career in Queensland, playing schools rugby for the Rockhampton Pioneers and Brisbane Grammar school prior to joining the University of Queensland Rugby Club, where he went on to represent the Australian under 19s.

He made is Super Rugby debut in 2003 for the Queensland Reds against the Bulls.

Moore first made the Australian Wallabies squad in 2005 where he debuted against Samoa.

In early 2009, Moore moved from Brisbane to Canberra to represent the Brumbies where he played until 2016.

In 2014, Moore was first named captain for the Wallabies squad.

Moore is the only Australian hooker to have played 100 Tests and is Australia’s most capped Super Rugby player of all time.

Since his retirement from rugby, Moore has joined North Australian Pastoral Company as General Manager.

Earlier this year, Moore was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his “significant service to rugby union, and to charitable organisations”.

More speakers to be announced...

On the night, we will be awarding one of the University's most prestigious sports medals, the Dr Mark Loane AM Medal, to America's most outstanding high school rugby player.

2018 Dr Mark Loane AM Medal recipient Ethan McVeigh

 

 

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Venue

Manhattan Manor, 201 W 52nd St, New York, NY