Stephen Moore among Queensland Rugby recipients in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List


Former St.George Queensland Reds and Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

Stephen Moore awarded an AM in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Former St.George Queensland Reds and Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

Moore was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to Rugby Union, and to charitable organisations.

He was among more than 1000 Australians to be recognised this year, adding to an already impressive list of achievements.

Moore made his debut for Queensland in 2003 against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, becoming Queensland Representative Number 1157. 

He went on to play 177 Super Rugby games – including 59 for Queensland and finished his playing career as the second-most capped Super Rugby player of all time.

Moore made his Test debut against Samoa in June 2005 before going on to represent Australia at three Rugby World Cups, including captaining Australia to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final.

The 34-year old was first named Wallabies captain in June 2014 and became the 81st man to lead Australia. 

Having represented Australia 128 times, he is the second-most capped Wallabies player of all time and the seventh-most capped in the history of Test Rugby.

A total of seven recipients were acknowledged for their service to Rugby Union, headlined by Moore and also Anthony ‘Tony’ Shaw.

Renowned former Queensland, ARU and SANZAR Director Richard ‘Dick’ McGruther, Brothers Rugby Club icon Desmond Hogan, Caboolture Rugby Club Founder Kevin Kaeser, and long-time Queensland Rugby referee Anthony Mellick made up the contingent honoured from within the Queensland Rugby community.

Tony Shaw captained the Wallabies in 15 Tests between 1978 and 1981, earning 36 Test caps overall in a career that stamped him into the Wallaby Hall of Fame. Shaw was President of Rugby Australia until 2019 and is a life member of the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU), where he rose through the ranks at the Brothers Rugby Club to become a Queensland Rugby legend.

Dick McGruther is one of Australian Rugby’s most revered administrators, serving two stints on the ARU Board including as Chairman from 1996-98 when he also served as Australia’s delegate to the IRB (now World Rugby). McGruther was a foundation SANZAR Director (now SANZAAR) from 1996-2000 overseeing the formation of Super Rugby and the Tri-Nations (now The Ruby Championship) and served as QRU Chairman from 1992-94.

Queenslander Des Hogan is an icon and life member of Brothers Rugby Club, having served the club for 64 years as a player, coach, and volunteer.

Kevin Kaeser was a founder of the Caboolture Rugby Club in Queensland in 1982 and has coached in junior and senior roles as well as serving multiple committee roles in his 37 years at the club.

Long-serving Queensland referee Anthony Mellick is a past president of the Australia Rugby Referees and Queensland Rugby Referees Association, having refereed many years in Queensland competitions after a playing stint with Souths Rugby Club.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “Today we send a special thanks to Rugby’s Honours recipients, each of whom have made an outstanding contribution to Rugby and to Australian society.

“Among the recipients in 2019 are some legendary former Wallabies Captains and Australian Rugby administrators and other individuals from our community that have dedicated a large part of their lives to Rugby and have had a significant impact on running, growing and promoting our game in their regions.

“It is a great time of year to reflect upon the incredible contributions of so many in Rugby, especially the army of volunteers whose passion and dedication continues to provide the lifeblood of our game each and every day.”