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Rodney Hogg

RODNEY HOGG - CRICKET LEGEND

BASED: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Blond, blue-eyed, aggressive and menacingly fast, Rodney Hogg announced himself with 41 wickets for World Series-depleted Australia against England in 1978-79. The way he regularly beat Geoff Boycott for pace thrilled Australia at a lean time.

Injury and a rebel tour to South Africa interrupted, cricket life was never quite so bounteous again. Nevertheless, Hogg was generally in Australia's first rank. A quirky character, he once had his wife erase the videotape of a soft dismissal while batting in a Test, saying he did not want his son to see him as a coward!

Rodney Hogg has become established as one of Australia's foremost corporate and motivational speakers. His experiences on and off the pitch are the highlight of many business and sporting functions.

I'm constantly embarrassed for people who mistake me for some other sporting hack. We are talking about a bloke who took 41 wickets at 12.85 in the 1978-79 Ashes series, not some pie-thrower who played a couple of Tests.

Rodney Hogg is a great story teller and motivational speaker. The former Australian Cricketer; now sporting commentator and writer would make a perfect addition to any corporate function, business event or sport's day.

Corporate and Motivational Speaker, Master of Ceremonies and Sporting Personality

Rodney Hogg, former Australian cricketing great, has become an established corporate and motivational speaker. His stories and real-life experiences are told with great aplomb and enthusiasm. Even if you are not a cricket or general sporting fan you will appreciate this gentleman's anecdotes and tremendous sense of humour and humility.

Here is an example:

religiously wear my sunglasses to give people a hint I'm either a cricketer or rock star, given they are the only two professions that find it necessary to wear sunnies indoors. But nothing.

Take the Perth luncheon I attended with David Gower, the same Englishman I knocked over three times in 1978-79. Being guest speakers, I suggested we enter around the back so we didn't get pestered on the way in.

Gower looked at me strangely before asking, "Why?". So we went in the front, me hurrying so I didn't get stopped by an annoying fan. Almost made it until a voice yelled, "Hey legend, don't think you are getting away that quickly".

I saw the bloke as he approached and walked past me: "Thanks for coming, David. Can I just say it's a pleasure to have you here and how much we are looking forward to hearing you speak."

Then he turned to me and said: "You'll need to produce your ticket, mate, otherwise we won't let you in."

"Hogg, 41 at 12.85 and I'm with him," I replied.

He snapped: "I don't care how old you are or what the temperature is, show me your ticket and we'll let you in as long as you don't annoy Mr Gower. And mate, you won't be needing your sunglasses inside."

The next time your business group, training session or club event requires the opportunity to rally the troops and engage clients in a special event, think of Rodney Hogg and experience the magic that still is "Hoggie"!

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