Rod Macqueen
Full nameRoderick Ian Macqueen
Date of birth (1949-12-31) 31 December 1949 (age 74)
Place of birthSydney
Rugby union career
Coaching career
Years Team
1997-2001 Australia
1991-1992 Waratahs
2010-2011 Rebels

Roderick Ian Macqueen, AM[1] is an Australian former rugby union coach. He coached Australia at the Rugby World Cup, and the Waratahs, Brumbies and Rebels in the Super Rugby competition.


One of Macqueen's first major coaching positions was at the Waratahs, where he was present from 1991 to 1992. In 1992 he was also a selector for the Australian team. He went on to coach the Australian XV in 1995 and again acted as a selector 1994–95. Following the inception of Super 12, Macqueen became the coach of the Brumbies.

Macqueen was appointed the head coach of the Wallabies in September 1997, and would coach them until 2001. He led the Wallabies to victory at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, where they defeated France in the final, becoming the first nation to ever win the World Cup twice. The following year Australia won the Tri Nations Series for the first time.

He retired from the game after guiding the Wallabies to a victory over the highly rated 2001 Lions side captained by Martin Johnson. He finished his career as the Australian coach with a test match winning record of just below 80%.[2]

Melbourne Rebels

In 2010 Macqueen came out of retirement and was presented as the first coach and director of rugby to the newly formed Melbourne Rebels,[3][4][5][6] the fifteenth team in the expanded Super Rugby competition. He stepped aside at the end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, and was succeeded by his former assistant Damien Hill.


Macqueen received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000,[7] was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001.[8] and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2003 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport, particularly Rugby Union football as coach of the Australian Wallabies."[9][1] In 2004 he was awarded the Joe French Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Australian Rugby Union. Macqueen was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in October 2011, alongside all other Rugby World Cup-winning head coaches and captains through the 2007 edition.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Macqueen, Roderick Ian, AM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 2 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Smith, Wayne (14 August 2009). "Rod Macqueen says build Melbourne team with locals". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ Macqueen, Rod (11 May 2010). "Words from Rod Macqueen". Rebel Army - On the March since 2009. Rebel Army. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  5. ^ Gould, Russell (5 February 2011). "Melbourne Rebel rouser". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  6. ^ Zavos, Spiro (5 February 2011). "Macqueen on war footing to ensure Rebels hit ground running". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Macqueen, Roderick Ian: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Rod Macqueen". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Australia Day 2003 Honours". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Special (National : 1977 - 2012). 26 January 2003. p. 8. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  10. ^ "RWC legends inducted into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 26 October 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
Sporting positions Preceded byGreg Smith Australian national rugby union coach 1997–2001 Succeeded byEddie Jones New creation Melbourne Rebels coach 2011 Incumbent Awards Preceded byInaugural award IRB International Coach of the Year 2001 Succeeded by Bernard Laporte