Graeme Stephen Geoffrey Bond

  • 5Caps
  • 771Wallaby Number
  • 47Age
PositionOutside Centre
Date Of Birth20 May 1974
Place Of BirthDuke of York Island, Papua New Guinea
SchoolMarist Brothers' College, Ashgrove
Other ClubsEastwood, Sale (ENG)
ProvinceACT
Other ProvinceNSW
Debut Test Match2001 Wallabies v South Africa, 2nd Test Perth
Final Test Match2001 Wallabies v Wales, Cardiff

Biography

Born in Papua New Guinea but schooled in Brisbane, Graeme Bond was a strong running three-quarter whose career was both beset and finished by injury. From Marist Brothers' College, Ashgrove he won selection for Australian Schools and in subsequent years represented his country at both U19 and U21 levels.

In 1995 he debuted for the New South Wales Waratahs against Otago in Dunedin and then toured Canada with an Australian Barbarians side that was captained by John Eales and coached by Roger Gould.

His Super 12 debut came in 1997, at home, against the Waikato Chiefs however a string of injuries weighed heavily over the next few seasons. Bond had surgery to remove a torn disc in his lower back, he then sustained a massive hamstring tear and finally he broke his shoulder.

He moved to the ACT Brumbies in 1999 however his luck didn’t change. He had an operation to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and missed the 2000 Super Rugby final due to a knee injury.

In 2001 the Brumbies won the championship and Bond found his way into the Wallaby squad where he made his Test debut against South Africa in Perth. Bond won his final four caps on that season’s Spring Tour. He left Australia after the 2002 Super Rugby season to play for the U.K.’s Sale Sharks however in 2004 he suffered a neck injury and was advised never to play again.

Highlights

1992

Represented Australian Schools against New Zealand Schools

1993

Represented Australia U19s against New Zealand U19s.

1995

Represented Australian U21s

2001

Bond won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Chris Latham on the right wing in the 14-14, 2nd Test draw with South Africa in Perth. He was selected on the Spring Tour, won caps in each of the four internationals, and scored his lone Test try against Spain. Bond made his run-on XV debut at No.13 in the 13-14 loss to France in Marseilles.

Graeme Stephen Geoffrey Bond