Former NSW Waratahs hooker, Damien Fitzpatrick returned to Australia mid-way through 2016 to re-join his home Club at the Tahs after a three year stint playing rugby in France. Whilst there he assisted Lyon in in winning two second division competitions, which earned them a place in the Top 14.
Fitzpatrick has already earned 22 caps for NSW after making his debut at the age of 20 back in 2009, where he played a key support role to Waratahs, Adam Freier and Tatafu Polota-Nau.
Following his return, Fitzpatrick has already made a huge impact as part of the Sydney Rays in the 2016 Buildcorp NRC securing the most amount of tackles than any other player in the regular season of the tournament.
A member of the Eastwood Club, Fitzpatrick played a key part in the side’s 2011 Shute Shield premiership. Renowned as a mobile ball-runner and leader, he has a line-up of experience at the helm of several teams.
Fitzpatrick represented NSW at the Australia Schools Championships, before being bestowed the opportunity to lead his country as Captain of the Australian Schoolboys in an undefeated campaign in 2008 against England, Samoa and New Zealand alongside the likes of Rob Horne, Matt Toomua, James O’Connor and James Slipper.
His form during the series saw him picked up by the Waratahs before he was again named skipper the Australian Under 20s Junior World Cup Team during his professional debut year in 2009.
Fitzpatrick started playing rugby for the Mosman Whales and is another product of the NSW rugby nursery, St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill. He captained their first XV side in 2007 to an undefeated title win and the combined GPS First XV.
Last updated: 14/12/2016