Marist Rugby Canberra

Chris Thomson

Chris represented the First XV in 2003. During his junior years, he represented the ACT in rugby in all age groups and was a member of the ACT Brumbies Academy. After finishing school and moving to Sydney he joined the Waratahs Academy and played for club sides, Northern Suburbs and Warringah. In 2007, Chris played for the Championship winning Central Coast Rays in the Australian Rugby Championship and was professionally contracted with the NSW Waratahs from 2008 to 2010. In 2010 he moved to France and played for Racing Club Narbonne Mediterrannee until 2012. He then returned to Australia and signed with the Melbourne Rebels before retiring in 2014 because of injury. After his retirement, Chris initially transitioned into coaching at the Melbourne Rebels before moving into a team management role. In 2017 he became the inaugural General Manager of the Fijian Drua who competed in Australia’s National Rugby Championship. Following the Drua’s Championship winning season in 2018, he began working for World Rugby where he held the role of High-Performance Project Manager–Pathways and Player Development. Chris was responsible for the strategic investment across 19 countries. In 2022, he returned to Canberra as the General Manager of High Performance and Pathways at the ACT Brumbies.