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George Gregan

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George Gregan in action during the 2003 Rugby World Cup

George Gregan (born 19 April 1973 in Lusaka, Zambia) is an Australian rugby union player who has made more international appearances than any other scrum half in history. He is respected throughout the rugby world for his tenacity, tactical skill, leadership ability, and sportsmanship. He is known for his 'talk-back' to referees.

Gregan's family moved to Australia when he was one year old, and he grew up in Canberra. After representing Australia at under-19 and under-21 level, he made his first appearance for the Wallabies in 1994. He made an immediate impact for the team, making a try-saving tackle on All Black Jeff Wilson that directly led to Australia winning the Bledisloe Cup that year.

He was elevated to the vice-captaincy of the Wallabies in 1997, serving in that role when they won the 1999 Rugby World Cup. After the international retirement of John Eales in 2001, Gregan became the Wallabies captain. His 30 appearances as captain include a Bledisloe Cup win in 2002 and an extra-time loss to England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final.

Gregan has played Super 12 for the ACT Brumbies since the inception of that competition in 1996, helping lead them to overall victories in 2001 and 2004.

In October 2004, Gregan announced that his four year old son had epilepsy and has launched an epilepsy awareness campaign in Australia with the slogan 'Get on the Team'. He also took up the role of patron of Brainwave Australia.

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