Hugh McGahan

Hugh McGahan

Hugh McGahan MBE (born 15 November, 1961 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former rugby league footballer. The tall Maori backrower played in over 100 matches for the Australian club Eastern suburbs form 1985 until his retirement at the end of the 1991 season. In his final season with the Roosters McGahan took over as captain-coach following the dissmissal of current coach Russell Fairfax. In 1987 the Roosters captain was named the Dally M backrower of the year. Following his retirement from the club, McGahn was a director of both East's the leagues and football club

McGahan represented New Zealand in 53 tests, many as captain. He once scored 6 tries In a test match against Papua-New Guinea, In 1988 McGahan, an integral part of the New Zealand team for many years, won the prestigious Golden Boot award, an award given to the player judged to be the best international footballer of the year.

In 1990 McGahan was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby league. That year he also served as caretaker coach of the Eastern Suburbs Roosters

He went on to sports management roles in the United Kingdom and back home in New Zealand and successfully built his own management company, which he still runs today.

On 5 November 2007, Hugh McGahan and former All Black Doug Rollerson, appeared in the Auckland District Court on charges of alleged fraud. A small group used an elaborate scheme of invoices and accounts to defraud sports organisations out of charity money. The group is accused of supplying Touch New Zealand, the North Harbour Rugby Union and Team Harbour Limited with false invoices. [cite news|url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10474131|title=Ex-Kiwi's fraud scheme elaborate, court told|publisher=New Zealand Herald|date=5 November 2007|accessdate=2007-11-05]

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References

*'Hughie' (Hugh McGahans biography)
*The Encyclopedia Of Rugby League Players (By Alan Whiticker and Glen Hudson),


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