Rory Underwood MBE – Former England Rugby Player and RAF Pilot. Motivational, Teamwork and Leadership Speaker
Rory Underwood is probably best known for his international rugby career, scoring a record 49 tries for England (85 caps, 1984-1996). He gained a further 6 caps touring Australia (1989) and New Zealand (1993) with the British Lions.
Rory Underwood was awarded the MBE in 1992 for his services to rugby.
Throughout this record-breaking rugby career Underwood amassed 18 years flying as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He was responsible for introducing Crew Resources Management (CRM) training into the RAF, thereby developing a culture where personnel look at how teamwork and decision making is effected in time limited stressful situations.
Rory has a specific interest and expertise in the areas of effective communication and high performance leadership within teams. His experience and insight gained through his stellar rugby and RAF career has allowed him to bring a different perspective into the performance of business teams. He is a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), an experienced facilitator, psychometric profiler and performance coach
Rory Underwood’s motivational presentation has proved a great success with major companies such as Johnson and Johnson, PPMA, Michael Page recruitment and The Prudential.
- 1979 – 1983
- Middlesborough RFC
- 1981 – 1983
- Durham County
- England Colts
- England Under 23
- North of England – Divisional Champions twice (1988, 1989)
- Yorkshire – Finalists County Championship
- England B
- RAF Inter-Services Champions
- Leicester RFC – Courage League Champions 1988
- Pilkington Cup Finalists 1989, 1994, winners 1993/97
- Bedford RFC – Allied Dunbar Premier Division Two Champions
- England – 85 caps 49 tries
- 4 overseas tours 2 British Lions Tour
- 1991,1992 and 1995 Five Nations Grand Slam Champions
- 1991 World Cup Finalist
- 1988/1995 Courage League Champion
- 1989 British Lion (Australia Tour) – 3 Tests
- 1993 (New Zealand Tour) – 3 Tests – 1 Try
- 1995 World Cup Semi Finalist
- All Time World Cup Leading Try Scorer 11
Awards and Qualifications:
- 1985 RAF Pilot’s Wings
- 1990 Leicestershire Sports Personality of the Year
- 1991 BBC Midlands Today Sports Personality of the Year
- 1992 MBE