Wallabies legends Nick Farr-Jones and Tim Gavin had the room in awe at the Albury-Wodonga Steamers sportsman's luncheon on Thursday.
The pair shared memories of their career at the top level and provided plenty of laughs along the way in an open and honest question and answer session.
Farr-Jones captained the Wallabies to World Cup glory in 1991 and reflected on his time in the code's amateur era.
"It's not just the mateship of the people you pull on the jersey with, it's the mateship of the teams you've played against," he said.
"When we played it was always a three o'clock start and you'd be in the oppositions change room having a beer or they would be in yours and you're about to go to an after match function and get to know each other.
"Nowadays it's a 10 o'clock finish and then you've got your press conference.
"You don't get to see the opposition, you don't become mates, but that's why it's a special game.
"I know the guys in the local competition travel and play against teams and hopefully you've got great mates you catch up with every year and play against."
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Farr-Jones also believes the coaching of the next generation has been a factor in Australia's recent demise.
"There's no doubt we over-complicate it," he said.
"We make robots out of young kids.
"The scrum would drive us all to drink.
"You go back to our day and it would have been no more than 30 seconds packing your scrum and getting the game moving and it's a far greater spectacle.
"I don't understand how they can spend a whole day five days a week at training."
Gavin is now the Rugby Australia president and believes the future is bright.
"Community is everything with rugby. There's great communities all over Australia," he said,
"Worldwide it's such a popular game and it's something we've got to get back here in Australia.
"We've obviously gone off the boil, but we intend to get back on that very shortly.
"We've got a great bunch of young players coming through."