John Welborn

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John Welborn
Date of birth (1970-09-08) September 8, 1970 (age 44)
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 120 kg (260 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999 Leicester
CA Brive
6 (0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Western Force
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996-1999  Australia 6 (0)

John Welborn (born 8 September 1970)[1] is a former Australian rugby union player, who plays at the lock position. He is a former Wallaby. He was the first Western Australian player to represent Australia in rugby union, and played six matches for the Wallabies.

During his career, Welborn has played for CA Brive in Ligue Nationale de Rugby's TOP 14 division, the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup, Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership and for the Western Force in Super Rugby.

Welborn attended Scotch College in Perth for a period of his schooling.


Welborn grew up in Perth and after gaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and representing the state in 15 senior rugby games moved to Sydney in 1992 to follow his ambition of playing rugby for Australia. In New South Wales John qualified as a chartered accountant and from 1994 to 2000 earned 63 caps for the Waratahs remaining their most capped second row forward of all time. Representing the Wallabies between 1996 and 1999, John played six tests for Australia and claims he would have played 60 if John Eales had been a back rower. An accomplished rugby traveller John also had successful playing stints with the Natal Sharks in South Africa and the Leicester Tigers in the UK before moving to France where he played five seasons for famous French club Brive. John completed a remarkable rugby odyssey by returning to Perth in 2006 to be a founding player in the Western Force's inaugural season.

Since retirement from professional rugby, Welborn has returned to the financial world as an investment banker and now heads Private Client Activities in Western Australia for Investec Bank. He remains connected with rugby as a member of the Fox Sports commentary team and is also a regular rugby columnist for the West Australian Newspaper. John is also the player representative on the board of RugbyWA, an executive committee member of the Rugby Union Players Association, and holds directorships of the Force 15 Foundation and Future Now Learning for Life.


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