Poidevin earns Australia Day honours

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by Beth Newman

Former Wallabies captain Simon Poidevin has been named among the Australia Day recipients today.

Poidevin heads rugby's list of recipients, awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, education and rugby.

While his performance on the field earned him accolades. Poidevin has also made a mark off-field, a University of NSW foundation board member, co-founding the Lexcen Sports Scholarship in 1988.

Simon Poidevin is optimistic about Australia's rugby future. Photo: Getty ImagesThe 59-year-old is an R U OK? Day ambassador, a host for the Sydney White Ribbon Walk and on the NSW Appeal Committee for the Australian Olympic Team Appeal.

He was given a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1988.

Poidevin was one of four recipients of Australia Day honours involved with rugby, with former Randwick president Peter Court and former Yass Rugby Club treasurer Nicholas Carmody awarded OAMs and former Hawkesbury rugby club patron Shelley Burgin awarded an AM.