|Date of birth||2 February 1974|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Professional rugby union footballer,|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|1994–2002||Australia||67 caps||(55 Points)|
Daniel Herbert was born 6 February 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He 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 Tri-Nations Trophy 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. The club stopped paying him in June 2005, a year ahead of the end of his contract. Herbert then sued Perpignan for breach of contract in September 2006, and demanded €171,000 (US$225,000/£118,000), later €240,000 ($306,000/£160,000) as compensation for loss in salary. On 7 November 2006, the Perpignan industrial tribunal condemned the club to pay Herbert €181,000 (US$231,000/£121,000) in compensation. Perpignan appealed.
After starting an event management company in France, Herbert returned to Australia in 2008 and is back in the Rugby fold working with the Queensland Rugby Union in an administrative capacity.