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November Melbourne RBN Lunch with Andrew Mehrtens
Thu 24 November 2016, 12:00 – 15:00 AEDT
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What better and more fitting way than to cap off 2016 with a unique event featuring one of the most recognisable faces on the Australian sports TV scene than former All Black flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens?
The Melbourne RBN is incredibly excited to announce that "Mehrts" has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker at an exclusive lunch on November 24th, which will be at the RACV City Club on Bourke Street.
The ticket price is $90, which includes a 2-course silver service lunch. There will be a cash bar available for drinks.
Dress code: smart casual with a jacket
GUEST SPEAKER: ANDREW MEHRTENS
Andrew Mehrtens MNZM was born on 28th April 1973 in Durban, South Africa.
Despite showing incredible promise as a nationally age-group ranked tennis player, "Mehrts" was selected for the New Zealand u19s against Australia in 1992. Thereafter, he made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 1993, before being selected for the All Blacks in 1995 in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
On his Test debut, against Canada in the early season test, he scored 28 points, a debut record at the time. He went on to be one of the 3 stand-out All Black performers in that World Cup along with Jonah Lomu and Josh Kronfeld.
At Super 12 level, he had key roles in 5 title wins (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005), and his inside back partnership with scrumhalf Justin Marshall ensuring further title success in the NPC (1997, 2001 and 2004) and Ranfurly Shield (1994, 2000, 2004).
With his protegé Daniel Carter edging him out of all teams regularly, he jetted off to relegated Harlequins in England in 2005, immediately helping them return to the Premiership. He then did exactly the same at French Pro D2 club Toulon in the 2007-08 season and then at Racing Métro the following season, a rare if not unmatched feat!
Mehrts's scoring record puts him in the top echelon of the game's greats: 281 first-class games for 3178 points, which included 108 games for Canterbury (1056 points) and 87 for the Crusaders (981 points). In 70 Tests for the All Blacks, he scored 967 points, placing him 7th on the all-time list.
Andrew now lives in Sydney and works for NAB Asset Servicing as an Associate Director of Business Development. He also is the part owner of The Local, an authentic French brasserie in Sydney's CBD.
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We look forward to seeing you there!
The Melbourne RBN Team