Where is rugby headed and how can we future proof the sport?

Wallaby great, Stephen Moore AM, QRU representative, Pat Howard and

UQ Rugby coach and former player, Kate "Killer" Turner discuss the Future of Rugby



Rugby Union, like most sports, has been revealed as very vulnerable during COVID-19. So, where is rugby headed and how can we future proof the sport?

Hear from experts during a 'Future of Rugby' panel discussion where we will explore everything from the strong performance of grassroots rugby to competing on an international stage.

The webinar includes Wallaby great, Stephen Moore AM, QRU representative, Pat Howard and UQ Rugby coach and former player, Kate "Killer" Turner.

Hosted by sports marketing specialist, Associate Professor Sarah Kelly from the UQ Business School,  the discussion will delve in to the unique challenges rugby faces and how we can emerge stronger than ever for the 'game played in heaven'.


Stephen Moore AM

Steven Moore made his Super Rugby debut in 2003 for the Queensland Reds, before joining the Australian Wallabies squad in 2005. In 2014, he was named captain of the Wallabies squad.

Moore remains the only Australian hooker to have played 100 tests, finishing his career with 129 national caps. He 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, and in 2019 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his service to rugby union and charitable organisations.

Pat Howard

Pat Howard is a former Executive General Manger of Cricket Australia and has since been involved as a consultant in the Wallabies High Performance review of the 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with Nathan Sharpe.

Howard sits on the board of the Queensland Rugby Union and was formerly the General Manager of the Australian Rugby Union.

He played and coached the Leicester Tigers for a collective 7 titles and is a founding member of the Brumbies. Howard is currently CEO of ASX Listed MSL Solutions, a software provider to the sports and venue industry.

Kate “Killer” Turner

Kate Turner is the current head coach of the University of Queensland Rugby Club Women’s Premier Rugby program. She played lock for UQ from 1996 until 2003 and represented Queensland in the 15 a side game. 

Turner holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement Studies from UQ, is a qualified PE teacher and worked in sports development in the UK. 

Known as “Killer” in rugby circles, Kate is passionate about empowering her players, giving back to the club and to rugby more broadly. 


Associate Professor Sarah Kelly

Sarah is an Associate Professor in Law and Marketing and the Marketing Discipline Leader and Director of External Engagement in the UQ Business School. She is a sports marketing and sports law specialist and also has interdisciplinary expertise in marketing, psychology and law. Sarah is globally known for her research and consulting sports marketing and law and has influenced national policy and practice in her fields.

Sarah holds several non-executive directorships, including as Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football Club, Tourism and Events Qld, Events Management Qld, The Gregory Terrace Foundation and the Wandering Warriors.