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Daniel Palmer




Wallaby, Coach & Neuroscientist

A Unique Perspective 


Dan spent the first 8 years of his adult life as a professional rugby player in Australia and France. He represented the NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby, played for the Wallabies, and finished his career with FC Grenoble in the French Top 14.


To support himself on a rookie contract, Dan moonlighted as a debt collector and private investigator, roles that added greatly to his worldly experience and understanding of the wide tapestry of Australian society.


Given the tough reputation Dan held in rugby circles, it was quite a juxtaposition for many in late 2020 when he came out as gay in a passionate and enlightening article he wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald. Dan wrote of his inner turmoil, struggle and distress at hiding his true self both within rugby and the world-at-large. His words and sentiments were met with praise from within rugby circles and the wider community alike. Dan is the first openly gay professional rugby union player and coach in Australia.


Since retiring from his playing career, Dan has spent the past 7 years coaching professionally with the ACT Brumbies. He has also completed a double degree in Psychology and Science, and is currently in the final stages of his PhD in Cellular Neuroscience at The John Curtin School of Medical Research.


Dan has always been a wonderful communicator both in the written and spoken forms. He is highly articulate and conveys messages through a direct and effective leadership style. Dan has a keen interest in philosophy and is passionate about science and scientific education. He is comfortable speaking both in the media and at public forums.


Dan is excited by opportunities to use his personal experiences in science and sport to help offer unique perspectives. He is also a keen writer (he has a blog: and would welcome opportunities to contribute written pieces.


Dan lives in Canberra where he continues his PhD research and remains on the coaching staff for the ACT Brumbies.


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