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Wendell Sailor

Retired Rugby Star who is also regarded as one of the most charasmatic personas in Australian Sport.

Wendell Sailor is widely regarded as one of the most charismatic and entertaining personas in Australian sport. He was an incomparable athlete who excelled in both Rugby Union and Rugby League.

Wednell Sailor was the prototype for the modern-day winger; being able to use his size to his advantage on kick returns and to take pressure off his forwards early in the tackle count. ‘Big Dell’ was also a great finisher, scoring tries in the Broncos’ 1998 and 2000 grand final victories.

The powerfully built winger played with the Brisbane Broncos for nine years, scoring 126 tries in 209 games. He represented Queensland in State of Origin 17 times and played for Australia in 21 matches. In 2007, the Broncos recognised Wendell as one of the best 20 players ever.

2001 saw Wendell make the controversial switch to rugby union which resulted in a media storm and stirred debate. He proved himself a valuable addition to the Queensland Reds squad, which lead to his subsequent selection in the Australian Wallabies. Wendell scored the first try in the 2003 World Cup and played the final.

Wendell returned to rugby league in 2009, playing for the St George-Illawara Dragons and helping them to the minor premiership before retiring at the end of the year.  Wendell played his final match at the 2010 All Stars game where he played for the Indigenous All Stars. He scored the opening try of the game.

Wendell followed his Rugby career with appearances on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice Australia and is a regular panellist on Nine Network’s The NRL Footy Show. He commentates NRL games for television and regularly speaks at charity and community occasions as well as corporate seminars, product launches and awards events.

Wendell Sailor offers a unique charisma and natural public speaking presence alongside anecdotes of challenges he has overcome during his prosperous Rugby career. An inspiring and entertaining speaker, Wednell is a highly respected and well-regarded speaker.


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