Nick Phipps has continued as a mainstay for the NSW Waratahs, once again featuring in every single match for the team in 2016.
In what was his sixth season of professional rugby, Phipps played his 50th game for the NSW Waratahs in their final match of the season against the Blues in Auckland and his 50th Test for the Wallabies, alongside teammate, Israel Folau in the Spring Tour match against Scotland.
Phipps also reached 50 Super Rugby points for NSW in the round 12 match against the Bulls. The 27-year-old scrumhalf once again earned his place in the Wallabies in 2016, playing in 13 more Tests across the June Test series, Rugby Championships and Spring Tour.
With a total of 97 Super Rugby caps to his name, after commencing his professional rugby with the Melbourne Rebels back in 2011, Phipps is set to earn his 100th cap in 2017.
Phipps had an outstanding breakout season in 2011, with his performances earning him dual honours as Super Rugby’s Australian Rookie of the Year and Melbourne Rebels Player of the Year.
His efforts were duly rewarded with a call up to international level, making his Wallabies debut in 2011 against Samoa and landing a spot in the side for that year’s Rugby World Cup. It was a stellar rise for the energetic halfback who just twelve months earlier was plying his trade in club rugby.
Phipps secured his place at the Rugby World Cup again last year with the Wallabies. His contribution to the national team has been just as significant, having made an appearance in every Test for the Wallabies in the 2014 season. He is the third Wallaby in his family. His grandfather and great uncle (both named Jim) have also represented Australia.
A product of the Sydney University development system, Phipps helped Uni to consecutive Shute Shield club titles in 2009 and 2010. He first debuted on the international stage as part of the Australian Sevens side in the 2009 -10 Sevens World Series. A standout in this format, he was part of the Australian Sevens side who won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Phipps finished the 2016 Super Rugby season as the winner of the Waratah Medal for on and off field excellence. As well as his full-time professional rugby career, Phipps is studying his Masters in International Business. He is also an ambassador for the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service and, in 2016, was awarded the Men’s Health Celebrity Man of the Year Award, as voted by fans.
Phipps has previously completed a Bachelor of Business at UTS.
Last updated: 22/12/2016