Chris "Buddha" Handy
Few names are more synonymous in the world of Rugby, than larger than life sporting icon, Chris "Buddha" Handy. In constant demand as a guest speaker, both in the rugby and corporate world, Chris captivates audiences with his endless stories, sharp wit and unique style.
A former barrel-chested prop forward, 'Buddha' Handy created mayhem on world rugby fields with his uncompromising and rugged play. Earning his Wallaby colours, he played in six internationals and joined a select band of Wallabies, lifting the Bledisloe Cup in victory on two occasions against arch rivals, the All Blacks.
Recognised as an entertaining and expert commentator, Buddha's wide and varied following is a testament to his affable nature and ability to convey the excitement and emotion of the big game to millions of people. As only he can say it, Go You Good Thing!
Whether he is describing a player as having a face like a squashed grape or the All Blacks as being like 15 mongrel dogs outside a butcher's shop, his quips are patriotic, passionate and a much loved part of rugby's texture.
A former accountant, Chris is also one of Queensland's most popular publicans, having owned and operated one of Brisbane's toughest truckies' and Rugby pubs, affectionately known as Buddha's Brisbane Tavern.
With a resume the envy of every rugby enthusiast and having covered every World Cup from 1987 to1999, Chris is also the author of Well I'll Be Rugged and a regular contributor to numerous rugby periodicals.
An accomplished speaker, Chris Handy has entertained guests in the UK, throughout Europe, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Canada and the USA. As his nickname suggests, the affable roly poly 'Buddha' presents a multiple of sporting anecdotes which have made him one of Australia’s most popular after dinner speakers.