Daniel Herbert
Date of birth (1974-02-06) 6 February 1974 (age 50)
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union footballer,
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2005 USA Perpignan ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–2003 Queensland 124 ()
Correct as of 24 June 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2003 Queensland Reds 82 (85)
Correct as of 24 June 2014
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1994–2002 Australia 67 (55)

Daniel Herbert is a former Australian Rugby Union player, and current Chair of Rugby Australia.

Herbert was born 6 February 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He was educated at Marist College Ashgrove, where he commenced his Rugby career.[2][3] Herbert won 67 caps playing at centre for the Australian rugby union side since 1994. He made his test debut at the age of 20 against Ireland on 11 June 1994. He battled Jason Little for a state and test spot alongside Tim Horan before displacing him in 1998. Herbert went on to establish himself as the world's premier outside centre and was a key member of the Australian side that won the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Herbert was named in the 'Team of the World Cup 1999' alongside his centre partner, Tim Horan. Herbert was also awarded the coveted 'L'equipe International Player of the Year' in 1999. In 2001 Herbert was promoted to the role of Queensland Captain and Australian Vice-captain and in that same year scored a brace of tries in the third and deciding British Lions test and helped the Wallabies to their first ever series victory over the Lions. Known for his aggressive defence and line-breaking ability, Herbert revolutionised the role of a modern-day outside centre.

He was a vital part of the 'Golden Era' of Australian Rugby, which celebrated a World Cup victory, a British Lions series victory, a Rugby Championship and five consecutive Bledisloe Cups.

Herbert amassed 124 caps for Queensland Reds before leaving for the French side USA Perpignan for the season 2003–04. He only played 7 matches with Perpignan and suffered a very serious neck injury, which resulted in surgery in April 2004 and subsequently in Herbert's retirement from the game.

His brother Anthony was also an Australian rugby union representative player.

On November 19, 2023, Herbert replaced Hamish McLennan as the Chair of Rugby Australia, following McLennan's sacking from the position, and subsequent resignation from the RA board.[4]


  1. ^ "2001 Australian Wallabies squad - British & Irish Lions Tour". rugby.com.au. Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  2. ^ Marist College Ashgrove. "Notable Ashgrovians".
  3. ^ Tucker, Jim (28 January 2003). "Hayden's best in the world title comes from 'left field': 1 First With The News Edition". The Courier-Mail. p. 26. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Rugby Australia chief sacked after emergency meeting as year of chaos worsens". Fox Sports. 19 November 2023. Retrieved 19 November 2023.