Al played Rugby Union for the Wallabies and Waratahs from 1999 to 2011 and at the time of his retirement was Australia’s most capped test prop after having played in two World Cups (Australia 2003 and France 2007) and two Super Rugby grand finals in 2005 and 2008. Before beginning his career as a rugby player, Al completed degrees in both Architecture and Science at the University of Sydney and while playing rugby worked part-time with the national architecture firm Cox Architecture. During this time Al also sat on the board of the Rugby Union Players Association and was a Principal of the sustainability engagement firm Sustainable Forward.
Since retiring from rugby at the end of 2011, Al has continued his work as an architect in Sydney focusing on sustainability, long span and sports projects and has taken on roles as a Director on the board of Waratahs Rugby, as a Trustee on the Sydney Living Museums Trust and Director on the Historic Houses Trust Foundation Board. Al recently accepted a position at the international sports architecture firm Populous and lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 young boys where, when not working as an architect, attempts to coach his 3 sons’ junior rugby teams!