Long lunch for Dolphins

Ben Robers, Mick Coughlin and Rod McCall.

While the state of Australian Rugby was a hot topic at the Ray White Noosa Dolphins Long Lunch last Friday, it did not dampen the spirits of those attending.

Speaking with legendary Queensland sports reporter Peter Meares before the 170-strong audience, former Queensland Reds and Wallaby Morgan Turinui, gave a unique insight into the recent Rugby World Cup in France, where he was working as Stan Sports rugby commentator.

Turinui was later joined on stage by Wallabies, and members of the Reds 2011 Super Rugby Championships side, Rod Davies, James Hansen and Scott Higginbotham, and 1993 Wallaby Barry Lea.

Turning to issues closer to home, Turinui praised his former mentor and newly named Noosa Dolphins heads coach Jim McKay, telling the gathering the Dolphins had undoubtedly ‘the best club rugby coach in Australia’.