Management Team

Team Director


Tony Thorpe

Tony Thorpe moves into his third season as the UC Brumbies Team Manager having arrived in Canberra at the start of 2012.

Thorpe spent eight seasons with Super Rugby's most successful franchise, the Crusaders, gaining has a wealth of experience in preparing professional rugby sides.

As a player, Tony represented Canterbury between 1982 and 1986. He also made appearances for the New Zealand Sevens, Poverty Bay, NZ Juniors and Emerging Players representative sides.

Off the pitch Tony has also worked with the New Zealand Divisional XV, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks.

During the 2011 RWC he was a liaison for the Wallabies providing a smooth transition to Brumbies Rugby in January 2012. 




Head Physiotherapist

Hamish Macauley

Now in his third fulltime season with the UC Brumbies, Hamish Macauley is responsible for overseeing the club's physiotherapy program and providing treatment plans.

Macauley has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement) through the University of Sydney. Hamish completed his Sports and Musculoskeletal Masters through Griffith University in Queensland in 2012.

Prior to working with the Brumbies, Hamish has worked with rugby teams in Canberra and Sydney including the Tuggeranong Vikings and Southern Districts.

Hamish enjoys fine wines, delicate cheeses and has a nose for French truffle oil.




Byron Field

Byron Field joined the Brumbies medical team as a physiotherapist in 2012 having carved a reputation in Canberra as a quality operator among a range of sports.

Most recently Field worked with the Western Districts Lions during the 2011 John I Dent Cup. Field has previously worked with Brumbies players Peter Kimlin and Jesse Mogg and is looking to expand his knowledge and expertise during the 2012 Super Rugby season and beyond.

Field completed his studies at the University of Canberra in 2004 and then went back for more completing his maters of physiotherapy in 2008.



Team Doctor

Dr Kate Gazzard


Kate is a medical doctor with 16 years of rugby-based experience as both a physiotherapist and a doctor. She has worked at all levels of rugby from club to Super Rugby and International 7’s.

Kate also has a passion for adventure and expedition medicine and over the last few years has worked with wounded Australian soldiers accompanying groups over The Kokoda Track in PNG along with many other mountain climbing, trekking and adventure racing escapades. A keen sportswoman and adventurer herself, Kate won the Perth Marathon in 2004 and has competed internationally in marathons, Ironman triathlon and adventure racing.

Along with climbing three of the seven summits (and counting), she has worked at a high altitude emergency rescue post in Nepal and at the base camp of Aconcagua in Argentina (with a successful summit).

Kate is a qualified instructor in Advanced Wilderness Life Support for the Wilderness Medical Society and along with Sports Medicine training she is undergoing a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine.




Performance Analysist

Warrick Harrington

Warrick Harrington is responsible for taking, collating and cutting all training and match vision, and attending to all IT and research needs of the University of Canberra Brumbies coaching staff.

Harrington has completed a Bachelor of Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Coaching Science and Honours in his Bachelor of Sports Studies all through the University of Canberra.

Warrick, aka the Hammer, has claimed several Australian kick-boxing titles prior to starting fulltime work with the Brumbies.



Media and Communications Manager



Elliot Woods

Elliot Woods joined the University of Canberra Brumbies in 2011 having come from a sub-editor role in the sports department of the Canberra Times. Prior to that Woods completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Canberra followed by stints at the Queanbeyan Age and The Chronicle. In 2010, Woods worked with the Australian Olympic team as Media Liason Officer for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Elliot can be contacted on 0449 252 120.

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