Simon PoidevinSimon Poidevin


Simon Paul Poidevin, born on October 31, 1958, in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, is a celebrated former Australian rugby player known for his formidable skills as a flanker. Standing at 1.85 meters and weighing 90 kilograms, Poidevin’s agility, aggressive play, and effective tackling made him one of the best forwards in Australian rugby history.

Teams and Years Played

  • NSW Waratahs (1978-1992)

International Caps

  • Australia: 59 caps (1980-1991)
  • Tries: 6
  • Points: 24

Career Highlights

Early Career and Club Achievements Simon Poidevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales. He made his debut for the New South Wales Waratahs in 1978 and spent his entire career with the team, retiring at the age of 34 in 1992. His tenure at the Waratahs was marked by his commitment, defensive prowess, and leadership on the field.

International Career Poidevin was first called up to the Australian national team, the Wallabies, in May 1980 to face Fiji. Over his international career, he earned 59 caps and scored six tries. Poidevin’s leadership qualities were recognized as he captained the Wallabies on four occasions. His aggressive and effective defensive play made him a key player for the team.

World Cup Participation Simon Poidevin represented Australia in two Rugby World Cups:

  • 1987 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand: Poidevin played in all of Australia’s matches, scoring one try. The Wallabies reached the semi-finals but lost to Wales in the play-off for third place.
  • 1991 Rugby World Cup in England: Poidevin was part of the Australian squad that won the World Cup. The Wallabies defeated England in the final, marking a historic victory. Poidevin retired from international rugby after this triumph.

Notable Achievements

  • Poidevin was a member of the Australian team that achieved the Grand Slam on the 1984 European tour, winning all their matches against the home nations.
  • He was invited to participate in the Centenary matches of World Rugby, highlighting his status as one of the sport’s legends.

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