Star presence in town for this year's Sportsperson awards

Former international player Beau Robinson will handle the special guest oration at this year's Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Photo: Getty Images
Former international player Beau Robinson will handle the special guest oration at this year's Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Photo: Getty Images

Audiences at this evening's Sportsperson of the Year will get an opportunity to hear from three former Wallabies as part of this year's celebrations, with Beau Robinson, Jeremy Paul and Bill Young all attending as special guests.

Robinson well deliver the guest's oration at tonight's event, while all three guests will engage in question and answer session following Robinson's speech with the Cowra Rugby Club's Ben Casey.

All three former players bring impeccable CV's with them to this year's celebration, and will bring a variety of playing and post-career experiences when they appear and speak later this evening.

Robinson retired the most recently - in 2017 - but has continued to remain involved in grass roots union, coaching the Dubbo Kangaroos in 2018 and taking on responsibilities as the club-wide Director of Coaching this year.

His playing CV is a wide and varied one, involving time as a member of the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds during a SuperRugby career that stretched from 2007-15, making 77 appearances in the competition during that time.

Robinson, who was born in Alice Springs, has also spent some time playing Rugby in England and for NSW Country, also played one game for the Wallabies in 2011 at the peak of his career.

Paul is well renowned for his effort as both a Wallaby and a member of the ACT Brumbies, and was a member of the 1999 World Cup winning Australian team and the outfit that was runner-up in 2003.

Earning 72 international cap and 115 SuperRugby appearances, the New Zealand-born hooker's career reached its zenith in 2005, when he was awarded the John Eales Medal, which is awarded to the best Australian rugby union player and is voted on by the Wallabies playing group after each match.


Playing his last match in the Wallabies in 2007, Paul went on to play a short stint at the Gloucester Knights in England and often makes appearances appearance as a media commentator on issues relating to rugby union in Australia and the Wallabies.

He scored 185 points across his national and international rugby career.

Meanwhile, Bill Young played 46 matches for the Wallabies across his international career, including an appearance alongside Jeremy Paul at the 2003 Rugby World Cup grand final where Australia lost to England.

A loosehead prop, he also played 100 matches for the ACT Brumbies before retiring in 2006 due to persistent neck problems.

He is now a successful pub owner, owning multiple venues in the Sydney area.

Robinson's Kangaroos will also be taking on the Cowra Eagles on Saturday afternoon at the Cowra Rugby Grounds from 3.15pm, as the Eagles look to move forward from a pre-bye loss against the Bathurst Bulldogs.