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By Mark Cashman
The big names just keep on coming with the official announcement that sports poet and rugby raconteur Rupert McCall will speak at this year’s Bon Andrews Lunch.
McCall confirmed for the lunch at the weekend and will join a growing list of special guests including former Rugby World Cup Wallaby Matthew Burke and Irish television commentator Mark Robinson.
The lunch, at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf on Friday, June 22 on the eve of the third Test against Ireland, is one of Norths signature events for the year.
Greg Clark, Fox Sports chief rugby commentator and father of Norths and Waratahs outside back Cameron, will again act as master of ceremonies in what is always a rollicking afternoon of rugby entertainment.
McCall is a speaker who has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of our heroes and legends and honour them in a timeless creation.
He shares enthusiasm with his audience and connects with them in order to motivate and inspire individuals.
McCall is a talented poet, drawing inspiration from events occurring worldwide, both past and present. In 2005 he was awarded with the honour of opening the Prelude to Dawn Service in Gallipoli with his moving tribute titled ‘90 Years Ago’, which describes the events our soldiers experienced during World War I.
In 2011, for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero in New York, he recited the poem ‘A Fire-fighter’s Dream’, marking the end of a 30 day run across the United States by emergency services as remembrance.
He has written poems to honour idols and legends including Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Greg Norman, Shane Warne, Gary Ablett, John Eales, Dawn Fraser, Don Bradman and Black Caviar.
Author of six anthologies, Rupert has been featured across television and radio including hosting for, Channel 7’s ‘The Great South East’, 4BC’s Sports Today program and Channel 9’s Weekend Extra.
He was also appointed chief commentator for Channel 10 at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
Speaking and hosting a multitude of events including Allan Border Medal Dinners, AFL Hall of Fame Dinners, Olympic receptions, racing occasions and Test match Rugby functions, Rupert can entertain and engage with any audience.
As recognition of his services to the community, particularly as a poet, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013.
Go to www.northsrugby.com.au to book your ticket for a great afternoon of rugby camaraderie and entertainment.