Sean Fitzpatrick is recognised as one of the greatest international rugby players of all time and one of the world’s most successful sportsmen.
His extraordinary international career began with his debut for New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team in 1986 against France.
Fitzpatrick holds the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches and is the world’s most capped hooker.
He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches (a New Zealand record). Sean also holds the record for most Test matches as an All Black captain (51) and has played in more Test match victories (74) than any other player.
Sean Fitzpatrick led New Zealand to a series win over the touring British Lions in 1993 and also led the All Blacks to a clean sweep in the first Tri-Nations tournament in 1996. He became the first New Zealander to captain a Test series win in South Africa.
Only a year after his international debut, Sean was a member of the All Blacks team who won the 1987 Rugby World Cup. He missed only two Test matches over the next decade and went on to become the second-most capped New Zealand player of all time.
He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997. At the end of 1999, Sean Fitzpatrick was named as hooker in Rugby World magazine’s Team of the Century. In March 1999 Sean was appointed as ‘Rugby Consultant’ to the NZRFU responsible for player development and liaison.
Sean is now based in the United Kingdom where is an active rugby pundit and newspaper columnist.
After Dinner and Motivational Speaker:
As one of the greatest All Blacks captains, Sean is available to deliver anecdotal after-dinner and keynote motivational speeches.
As a leadership, teamwork and motivational speaker, Sean uses rugby as a starting point, and allows the audience to think about where and how insights into playing the game at the highest level can be applied to their business and everyday situations.
Sean has penned a number of books, his most recent is Winning Matters. In a candid, conversational tone, Sean reflects on the key moments and meetings of his life, identifying everyday values, beliefs and principles that have driven him, both on and off the pitch.
Part autobiography, part self-help, part business how-to, Winning Matters offers an understanding of what makes him tick – his strategies for success in all aspects of life, and how we can all learn from them. It’s an easy but inspirational guide to being the best you can be.