Mark Regan MBE is the former England rugby hooker. A true character of the game, Regan made his international debut in 1995 against South Africa. Eight years later he was a World Cup winner, and was a finalist again in 2007. After beating France in Paris in 2008, Mark retired from international rugby, with an impressive and well deserved 46 caps.
Introduced to the game at just 8, ‘Ronnie’ started playing rugby at Keynsham RFC. He later moved onto St Brendan’s Old Boys minis, and then played through Bristol’s age group sides. His talent and focused attitude were evident as he was selected to represent England 16 Group, 18 Group, Colts, Students, U21s, Emerging Players and England A before winning his first full cap in ’95.
In addition to the glorious 2003 World Cup victory, another career highlight for Mark was touring South Africa with the legendary British Lions in 1997, when they won the series 2-1.
Not just a star on the international stage, Mark has always been a high quality club man and a consistent favourite with the fans. An exceptionally friendly individual, proud and loyal, he made a significant impact on and off the pitch at the clubs that he turned out for.
Regan started his club career at Bath in 1997 where he played 93 competitive matches including winning Heineken Cup. Mark later moved to Leeds Tykes for 4 years where he helped them beat Bath in the Powergen Cup final, before returning to the West Country and his local club Bristol where he played out the rest of his career, helping them finish third in the Premiership.
A World Cup winner, Grand Slam winner, Triple Crown winner, Lions series winner, European Cup winner, Mark Regan’s credentials speak for themselves.
Since retiring from Rugby, Mark has maintained a role in the public eye, with a regular rugby column for the Bristol Evening Post and stints as a co-presenter on Radio 5 Live. Mark has also appeared both as a mystery guest and panel guest on the sports programme and the touring live show of “A Question of Sport”
A personality with flair and full of fun, Mark Regan is a very popular after-dinner speaker where he shares amusing anecdotes from his time at the top of the game.