Brendan Cannon

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Brendan Cannon
Date of birth (1973-04-05) 5 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
School Kings High School, Paramatta College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New South Wales
correct as of 10 July 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Western Force
Current local club retired
correct as of 10 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2006 Australia 42 (10)

Brendan Cannon (born 5 April 1973) is a former Australian rugby union footballer who played for the national team, The Wallabies and three Australian teams in the Super 12 and Super 14 competitions.

Cannon played for both the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs in the old Super 12 competition, prior to the entry of the Western Force, whom he played with for their first season. He has been capped 42 times for Australia, making his debut in 2001 against the touring British and Irish Lions team. He previously represented Australia at U21 and U19 level. He also played 106 Super Rugby games and was the 12th player in the competitions history to achieve that milestone. His retirement in April 2007 was due to a serious neck injury that he incurred in a game against Christchurch a few weeks earlier.[1]

In a match against South Africa, his face was attacked (commonly called eye gouging) by Bakkies Botha, who was subsequently banned for 8 weeks, and also completed the game with bite marks on his chest and complained of being spat upon as well.

In 2007 he joined with representatives from each of the major football codes in Australia to launch the White ribbon day, a campaign to stop violence against women.[2]

Since retiring from playing, he has worked as a much commentator for Fox Sports in Australia. Prior to Australia's first tri-nations test in 2010, against South Africa, he called South African coach Pete DeVillers a clown for suggesting that the referee Allain Rolland had somehow been influenced by the IRB the previous week to allow New Zealand to beat the Springboks in order to ensure good crowds at the world cup in 2011. SANZAR considered bringing a charge against De Villiers for his comments but Cannon was forced by his employers, Fox Sports, to issue an on air apology to the South African team.


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