Austin Healey is an England Rugby Hero, Broadcaster and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
With over 50 international caps and nearly 250 appearances for Leicester, Austin Healey will long be remembered as the player who created the break that ended in the winning score in the Heineken Cup final 2001 in Paris; he then scored the second and decisive try against Munster when Tigers retained the cup at the Millennium Stadium the following year, and was named as Man of the Match in both finals.
In his eleven seasons with the club, Austin Healey has played virtually every position behind the scrum, and has tasted success in domestic as well as European competitions being in the squad that won four consecutive Premiership titles (1999 to 2002), also collecting a Pilkington Cup winners medal (1997) and Zurich Championship medal (2001).
Educated at St Anselm’s College, Birkenhead and at Leeds Metropolitan University, Austin Healey represented England at U21 and A level as well as England Sevens whilst playing for Orrell. After moving to Leicester he made his senior England debut in Ireland in 1997 and was subsequently chosen for the British Lions tour to South Africa later that year where he played in seven matches including the last two tests.
Austin Healey has represented England in 5 Five/Six Nations tournaments (1997-2002) and was a key figure in the 1999 World Cup. He was selected for his second British Lions tour, to Australia in 2001, but unfortunately missed out on further caps due to injury.
On his return he played in every game for England until rested for the summer 2002 tour to Argentina. He was very unlucky to miss the final cut when the 30-man England squad for the 2003 World Cup was announced. A non-travelling reserve, Healey made the trip ‘Down Under’ mid-tournament as cover at scrum-half, but returned to his club when he was not called on to play.
In the 05/06 season Healey was handed club vice-captaincy and regularly captained the team from scrum half and fly half during the international period.
He announced his retirement at the end of the 2005/6.
In 2000 Austin Healey was voted both Leicester Tigers’ and Allied Dunbar’s Player of the Season and more recently was nominated by Tigers Members as recipient of the Outstanding Service Award for his contribution to the club.
Since retiring from playing rugby, Austin has worked as a successful banker for Credit Suisse and has been a popular pundit and commentator for the BBC and Sky.
In 2008, Austin partnered with Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing.