At 26, Dan Palmer retired from professional rugby, deciding to turn his attention to a science and psychology degree after a stint with French club Grenoble.
Palmer’s retirement was low key and went relatively unnoticed despite his standing in the game.
A former Wallaby, Palmer didn’t turn his back on rugby, taking up specialist coaching roles with the Brumbies and the University of Canberra Vikings as a scrum and set play expert.
Growing up in the Illawarra region of NSW, Palmer made a name for himself in Super Rugby as one of the toughest props in the game.
He’s taken that toughness with him into his coaching roles which has quickly earned him respect among his peers.
In 2015, Palmer’s name was added to the Brumbies playing roster for a tour of South Africa due to injury to a number of players.
Away from rugby, Palmer has immersed himself in university life, studying full-time and juggling his degree with his current role with the Brumbies.
Palmer said his university degree offered a new challenge as he steps into a post-playing career.