Guy Travis Shepherdson

  • 18Caps
  • 813Wallaby Number
  • 39Age
PositionTighthead Prop
Date Of Birth16 February 1982
Place Of BirthJakarta, Indonesia
SchoolCanberra Grammar School
Debut ClubCanberra Vikings
Other ClubsSouthern Districts (Sydney), Eastern Suburbs (Sydney), University (QLD)
ProvinceACT
Other ProvinceQLD
Debut Test Match2006 Wallabies v Ireland, Perth
Final Test Match2007 Wallabies v England, Marseille

Biography

Guy Shepherdson is one of only two test capped Wallabies, the other being Jim Phipps, to have been born in Indonesia (his father was a stationed in Jakarta as a diplomat). Surprisingly athletic and regarded as one of the best scrum exponents of his time, Shepherdson was raised in Canberra and educated at Canberra Grammar School. While there he was inducted into the inaugural Brumbies’ Academy squad (1997). Shepherdson went on to gain national selection at both school and at aged levels.

In addition he drew valuable experience from just shy of two seasons at Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship (2002-03).

In 2004, Shepherdson made his Super Rugby debut for that season’s title-winning ACT Brumbies against Auckland in Canberra and two years later played his maiden Test, against Ireland in Perth.

In 2007 he was selected in the Wallaby squad for the Rugby World Cup where he played four of the five Tests including the quarter-final against England. That quarter-final proved to be his last international however he did go on to win a second Super Rugby championship with Queensland in 2011.

Highlights

1998

Represented Australian U16s

1999

Selected in the Australian Schools tour of New Zealand.

2001

Represented both Australian U19s and Australian U21s.

2002

Selected in the Australian squad for the inaugural IRB U21s Junior World Championship tournament in South Africa.

2003

Selected in the Australian squad for the second-annual IRB U21s Junior World Championships in England.

Guy Travis Shepherdson