Former Wallabies captain Goerge Gregan in Sri Lanka (Pix by Venura Chandramalitha)

HSBC Sri Lanka leveraging its global Rugby association as the official banking partner of the Qantas Wallabies, brought George Gregan, the HSBC Rugby Ambassador and former skipper and scrum half of the Wallabies to Sri Lanka few weeks back. He was on a two-day tour to support and engage in the bank’s propping up to promote rugby, in Sri Lanka.

The much celebrated Gregan is Australia’s highest internationally capped player. He was the 64th player inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013. His illustrious career spanning over 20 years started in 1996 when he became a foundation player for the Brumbies Franchise. He was instrumental in winning the Rugby World Cup in 1999 in the team captained by John Eales. Gregan went on to captain the Wallabies and under his captaincy, the Wallabies emerged as the runner-up in the RWC 2003.

Gregan was later appointed to the Order of Australia (AM) for services rendered to the Rugby Union. He was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009, holding the world record for the most tests played with 139 for Australia against 15 nations and two invitational selections, the British and Irish Lions and the Pacific Islanders (Lions and Pacific Islanders). The Gregan and Larkham Stand at the Canberra Stadium was named after the duo Gregan and his Australia half-back partner Stephen Larkham.
Gregan as a keen promoter of Rugby worldwide and as HSBC brand ambassador has conducted several Special coaching clinics and other educational programmes around the world to harness the skills of talented players from grassroot levels resulting in over 200,000 new people joining the sport, globally.

It is fantastic for the game in Sri Lanka and especially for the future stars of Sri Lanka Rugby who met Gregan, where he conducted several rugby coaching camps for Sri Lankan school and club players and took great initiative to help and promote the sport in the country.