Nick Phipps (rugby union)

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Nick Phipps
Qantas Wallabies Player Nick Phipps.jpg
Full name Nicholas James Phipps
Date of birth (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)
School The King's School, Parramatta and went to [Burnside Public School] North Parramatta
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014 Sydney Stars 0 ((0))
Correct as of 21 July 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 22 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Australia 7's
51 ((30))
Correct as of 19 November 2016
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Delhi Team competition

Nicholas James "Nick" Phipps (born 9 January 1989 in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales) is a national representative rugby union footballer who currently plays for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition.

Early career[edit]

Phipps playing for the Rebels in 2011.

Phipps was educated at The King's School and in 2009 captained Sydney University's Premiership-winning 1st Colts team.[1]

Super Rugby[edit]


Phipps signed to the Melbourne Rebels in July, 2010.[1] Phipps mentors for the 2011 Super Rugby season included former Wallaby halfback Sam Cordingley.[2] Phipps said he was looking forward to learning from his fellow halfbacks, Cordingley, and Kingi, and also from Rebels centre (and former Wallaby) Julian Huxley.[1]

In May 2012 Phipps combined with Kurtley Beale in the halves (9 & 10) against the Bulls from South Africa.[3] Beale had been moved from fullback to flyhalf following Danny Cipriani's unexpected departure from the Rebels.[4] Phipps scored a try under the posts.[5]


Phipps moved back to Sydney to play for the Waratahs commencing 2014.[6][7]

Rebels coach Damien Hill said, "Nick has played a major part in laying the foundations of this Club and it is disappointing to see him leave. He replicates our team ethos in everything he does, both on and off the rugby field."[8]

Representative career[edit]

He played for Australia in the 2009 IRB Sevens World Series.[1] His grandfather and great uncle, both called Jim, played for the Wallabies.[9]

Phipps played in the Australian Sevens at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi.[10] He scored a try and kicked eight conversions in his Games' debut.[1][11] Australia went on to win Silver, losing the final to New Zealand.[10]

In late 2010 Phipps toured with the Wallabies,[12] and was named on the bench against the Leicester Tigers.[13] In August 2011 Phipps became one of three halfbacks selected for the Wallabies in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[14][15] Phipps played 26 minutes for the Wallabies against Russia.[16] He was one of three Rebels to play in the tournament, the others being new signings James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Du Plessis, Phipps and Pyle join the Melbourne Rebels". Heavens Game. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (1 October 2010). "Mentor Cordingley to take on young guns". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Beale relishing fly half role – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ Rebels Media Unit (30 April 2012). "Cipriani to return home to pursue England dream" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Stevenson, Andrew (4 May 2012). "Brave Rebels fall short in thriller" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Waratahs Media Unit (16 March 2013). "Nick Phipps confirms move to Waratahs" (Press release). Waratahs. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Phipps to help Tahs run...". Rugby 365. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Rebels Media Unit (16 March 2013). "Nick Phipps announces his departure from the Rebels at season's end" (Press release). Rebels. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  9. ^ AAP (11 July 2011). "Another Tongan eager to be a Wallaby". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Smith, Wayne (13 October 2010). "Bledisloe pain all over again in sevens thriller". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nick Phipps player profile". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Beniuk, David (13 November 2010). "Cipriani finally ready to Rebel". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Rebels Media Unit (8 November 2010). "Rebel Phipps Awaits Wallabies Debut" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Robinson, Georgina (19 August 2011). "Uni graduate Phipps keen to learn from World Cup experience". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Rebels Media Unit (10 July 2011). "Phipps to fight for Wallabies number nine" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site – Australia – Nick Phipps". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  17. ^ ARU (10 July 2011). "Qantas Wallabies Squad For Samoa Test & Tri Nations Named" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

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