Phil Kearns

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Phil Kearns
Birth name Philip Nicholas Kearns
Date of birth (1967-06-27) 27 June 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
School Newington College
University University of New South Wales
Occupation(s) Sports commentator
Rugby union career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1989 - 1999 Australia 67 (34)

Philip Nicholas Kearns AM (born 27 June 1967) is an Australian former rugby union player. He represented the Wallabies 67 times and was captain on ten occasions. He commentates on rugby for the Fox Sports TV channel.


Kearns was born in Sydney Australia and educated at Newington College (1979–84)[2] and the University of New South Wales where he graduated with an Arts degree, majoring in Economics.[3] He played his provincial rugby for New South Wales.

He made his Wallaby debut in 1989.

He enjoyed a rivalry on the pitch with New Zealand's Sean Fitzpatrick. During one Bledisloe Cup match he scored a try by barging through Fitzpatrick and then made a two fingered gesture to him, saying something which most TV watchers thought they could lip read.[citation needed] Kearns insisted he said "Two sausages at tonight's barbecue please". The catalyst for this incident was from the previous season when Fitzpatrick sledged Kearns without mercy, telling him to "Go home to your Mummy".[citation needed]

He was a member of Australia's Rugby World Cup-winning teams of 1991 and 1999. Although he was injured midway through the 1999 tournament he is one of only twenty players players twice involved in a World Cup-winning team.

In October 2005 in the driveway of his home, Kearns accidentally ran over his 19-month-old daughter, Andie.[4] After a long hospital stay, his daughter made a full recovery. Kearns later launched a driveway safety campaign.[3][5]


Kearns was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for significant service to the community through support for charitable organisations, to business, and to rugby union at the elite level.[6]


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  2. ^ Register of Past Students 1863–1998. Sydney: Newington College. 1999. p. 105. 
  3. ^ a b Schmidt, Lucinda (19 May 2010). "Profile - Phil Kearns". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  4. ^ "Daughter in critical condition after accident". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Driveway safety a priority, says Kearns Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Channel 9 news, 12 Jan 2006
  6. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 11 May 2018

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Lynagh
Australian national rugby union captain
Succeeded by
Rod McCall