Alan Jones

Alan JonesAlan Jones is a graduate of Queensland and Oxford Universities, with majors in English and French language and literature, politics and education.

He has University Blues from both Queensland and Oxford in tennis.

For three years, Alan was speech writer and senior adviser to the then Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

Alan was elected Australian Rugby Union Coach in 1984 and coached Australia, until early 1988, victories in 102 matches. He is the most successful Australian rugby coach in Australian history. His teams won 23 Tests out of 30, and four of those losses were by only a point.

In 1984, he coached Australia's national team, the Wallabies, to their now-famous Grand Slam with victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland and a Barbarian side made up of the best players of those countries, plus France.

During this tour, one British newspaper described Alan Jones as "the most approachable and articulate rugby person to visit Britain in the last 40 years".

The Times of London sports writer stated that Alan "has the most analytical brain I have encountered in charge of a national side".

After returning to Australia from the triumphant tour, Alan was invited to deliver the Australia Day Address as Guest of Honour of the Australia Day Council at the National Press Club in Canberra.

In October 1985, he was awarded the Rostrum Speakers' Award as the Communicator of the Year.

Alan is regarded by many as one of Australia's most gifted public speakers.

In December 1985, Alan was selected by the Confederation of Australian Sport as Australia's Coach of the Year.

In 1986, Alan coached the Wallabies to Australia's now famous Bledisloe Cup victory in New Zealand, the first time such a victory had been achieved in 39 years. The Wallabies are only the second team in rugby history to win a series against New Zealand on their home ground.

On Australia Day in 1988, Alan Jones was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to Rugby Union Football.

In December 1989, Alan Jones was elected to the Confederation of Australian Sports' Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to Australian Sport as the Australian Rugby Coach.

From August 1990 to August 1993, Alan Jones coached, without a fee, the Balmain Rugby League side in the Sydney Winfield Cup Competition.

In August 1993, he was appointed, also without payment, as Director of Football for the famous South Sydney Rugby League Football Club.

In March 1985, Alan Jones was recruited to join Radio 2UE as their morning radio host and quickly established himself in the competitive world of Sydney radio. In March 1988, he moved to the breakfast shift, 5.30am to 9.00am and achieved the largest breakfast audience and also the largest radio audience in Australia.

In March 1989, Alan Jones was honoured by the Variety Club of Australia as their Australian Radio Personality of the Year.

In 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997 Alan Jones was awarded by the radio industry, the prestigious award of Australian Radio Talk Personality of the Year.

In early 1993, Alan Jones received an Advance Australia Award for his services to the community.

In 2002, Alan Jones joined 2GB as Breakfast announcer and in October 2008 renewed his commitment to the station until 2013.

In 2004, Alan received a Queen's Birthday Honour - an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) partly for his service to the media and sports' administration, but also helping many charities, including Youth off the Streets, the Children's Hospital, Starlight Foundation, the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation and the Heart Research Institute.