Stars come out at Downer

It’s not every day you get to rub shoulders with sporting superstars while you’re at work.


The Downer Rugby League World Cups 9s trophy tour wound through Queensland and NSW in the lead-up to the tournament, with current and former players taking the men’s and women’s trophies to various junior carnivals and community events.

As Downer was naming rights sponsor of the event, we were lucky enough for the trophy tour to stop in at a few of our sites along the way, giving our people the chance to meet Australia and New Zealand Test captains, grand final heroes and Origin greats.

Queensland icon, Darren Lockyer, and current Brisbane and Cook Islands star, Alex Glenn, called into our Milton office. Champion Newcastle Knights hooker, Danny Buderus, spent time with our team at Hexham, while another of Newcastle’s favourite sons, Paul ‘Chief’ Harragon, visited our rollingstock Service Delivery Centre at Cardiff.

Legendary 1990s hardman, Mark Carroll, kept the team at North Ryde entertained with his stories of the glory days, and also joined current New Zealand Test captain, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and Kiwis superstar, Shaun Johnson, at our asphalt plant at Rosehill.

The tour was staged during school holidays, so we encouraged staff to bring their children along to get a photo and autograph of some of their heroes.

It was a huge success, and something our people and their children won’t forget in a hurry.

Danny Buderus with team members at Hexham
Darren Lockyer and Alex Glenn in our Milton office