Barry Honan

A former Wallaby, Barry Honan has a passion for rugby coaching and for developing skilful players.

DigiRugby was the first of the DigiSport multimedia products and a labour of love for Barry. It remains one of the most useful and comprehensive CD-ROM coaching tools in the rugby world.

Barry has had a distinguished career both as a player and a coach.

Barry toured with the Wallabies to New Zealand, The British Isles and South Africa and at 18 was one of the youngest players ever to be selected for the Wallabies. He was captain when Queensland had one of its finest ever moments - the victory at Ballymore over the British Lions in 1971.

He captained Brothers Rugby Club in Brisbane and was a member of 3 premiership winning sides with that club.

When a knee injury ended his career Barry taught and coached Rugby for 18 years at the Marist College Ashgrove. During this time he produced some of the finest schoolboy sides ever seen in Queensland. These teams were not only highly successful but they were well known for the style and skill that so characterised their play.

Barry coached the Queensland Schoolboy Team for six years, and in 1987 worked for the Queensland Rugby Union as a coaching Director. He also spent 3 years at The Southport School as Rugby Master and in 1991 was Rugby Master at Nudgee College, one of the country’s greatest Rugby nurseries.

In 1992 Barry Honan released a rugby coaching resource named “Rugby Skills training - A New Approach”. Today, “Rugby Skills training” is used by coaches in virtually every rugby playing country in the world.

In recent years, Barry has conducted coaching sessions in numerous rugby centres throughout Australia as well as in Japan, Singapore, The United States, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, and South Africa. During a trip to the UK in 1998 at the invitation of the various home unions, Barry conducted 11 sessions over a two week period which drew over 830 enthusiastic coaches. At the invitation of the Natal Rugby Union, Barry has been the key presenter at the 1999/2000/2001/2002 annual coaching conferences at Kings Park which each year has 400 coaches attendance.

Over the years his advice has been sought by numerous International and provincial coaches - John Connolly, Grant Batty (Queensland), Bob Templeton, Rod McQueen, Jake Howard (Australia), Jim Telfer (Scotland), Harry Viljoen, Jake White, Alan Solomons (South Africa), Tony Gilbert, Wayne Smith (New Zealand) - to name just a few.

Early in 2001 Barry was contracted to South Africa’s Stormers in the S12 competition as a technical advisor and specialist backline coach. He also gave similar assistance to Harry Viljoen during the Springboks 2001 tour of Argentina.

Barry has a deeply felt belief that above all Rugby should be a game of skill and that a coach has an obligation to develop these skills in his players to the highest possible degree.

His passion for and knowledge of the game, his thoroughness in approach and his innovative thinking are well recognised and are amply demonstrated in DigiRugby.