Tim Walsh (rugby union)

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Tim Walsh
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Date of birth (1979-04-10) 10 April 1979 (age 44)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008–2011
2011–2012
North Harbour
Worcester Warriors
Leeds Carnegie
Birmingham & Solihull
Newbury
Petrarca Padova

13
15
48
55
40

(144)
(28)
(153)
(315)
(95)
Super Rugby
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2004, 2010 Queensland Reds 6 (10)
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1996
1998
2000

2002–2009
Australia Schools
Australia U19
Australia U21
Australia Universities
Australia Sevens
Coaching career
YearsTeam
2013–2018, 2022–pres.
2015, 2018–2021
Australia Women's 7s
Australia Men's 7s

Tim Walsh (born 10 April 1979) is an Australian rugby union coach and a former professional player. He is currently head coach of the Australian women's sevens team and was previously head coach of the Australian men's sevens team. Walsh played as a fly-half for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby, and for several professional teams in England and Italy. He is a former captain of the Australian men's sevens team.

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Early life

Walsh was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane. [1] He was selected for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1996, and went on to play for Australia Under-19s in 1998.

Rugby career

Walsh began his professional rugby career at the Queensland Reds in 1999, earning two provincial caps off the bench in the Ricoh National Championship. [2] He represented the Australia Under-21s in 2000 and also played for Australian Universities. Walsh later returned to play Super Rugby for Queensland in 2004 and 2010. [3]

In England Walsh played at Leeds Carnegie in the Guinness Premiership. He also spent several seasons playing in the Guinness Championship for Worcester Warriors, Birmingham and Solihull R.F.C. and Newbury RFC where he was captain. He finished his career in Italy in 2012 playing for Petrarca Padova.

Internationally, Walsh played for the Australian Sevens team for several seasons on the Sevens World Series circuit, and captained the team. [4]

Coaching

Walsh became head coach of the Australia women's national rugby sevens team in 2013, [5] and qualified the team for the 2016 Olympic Sevens tournament. The women's team went on to win the gold medal, defeating New Zealand 24–17 in the final. "It's an Olympics sport and we're very successful at it." Walsh said after the medal ceremony. [6]

In September 2015, he took over as interim Head Coach of the Australia men's sevens team for their Olympic qualification campaign, following the resignation of Geraint John. [7] After the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he took over the head coaching position of the men's team. [8] In 2022 he swapped roles with John Manenti and became head coach of the Australian women's sevens team again. [9]

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References

  1. Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN   978-0-646-55807-3.
  2. "Annual Report 1999" (PDF 1.9 MB). Queensland Rugby. 1999. p. 23. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. Tucker, Jim (24 January 2010). "Tim Walsh in dream run for Queensland Reds". The Sunday Mail. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. "Exclusive interview with Tim Walsh ahead of Edinburgh Sevens". UR7s. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
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  6. "Why the women's rugby sevens gold is our most important medal". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
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