Will Greenwood MBE was an integral member of the England Rugby World Cup Winning team in 2003. Since retiring from professional rugby, Will has established himself as a leading rugby analyst and motivational speaker.
Greenwood was born in Blackburn, and was educated at Stonyhurst College and Sedbergh School. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Hatfield College, Durham in 1994.
He has played club rugby for The Harlequins, Preston Grasshoppers, Waterloo and The Leicester Tigers
He was involved in all but one of England’s games in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, scoring England’s only try against South Africa. He finished the tournament as joint top try scorer with five.
Greenwood was made vice-captain under Lawrence Dallaglio for the 2004 Six Nations Tournament. He reached the 50 cap landmark against Ireland and played in all of England’s Six Nations matches.
In 2005, Will was injured for the Six Nations, but was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, his third Lions tour.
In 2006, after winning 55 England rugby union caps and scoring 31 tries, he announced his retirement from the game.
Will Greenwood is one of England’s greatest ever rugby players, as well as one of the sport’s most engaging, intelligent and witty characters.
Will’s outstanding achievements both on and off the field have made him an ideal speaker choice for a wide range of corporate clients. His intelligence and easy delivery style mixed in with a generous helping of humour make him a sure fire hit as a keynote, host or after dinner speaker.
Will’s career as a trader at HSBC prior to professional rugby has given him an insight in to themes that permeate both fields.
The perfect storm of leadership, discipline, motivation and teamwork that led England to World Cup victory in 2003 provides an inspirational demonstration of what it takes to achieve peak performance, for a sustained period of time. A complete change in mind-set and behaviours opened the door to a performance gear change.
Combined with the lows of injury setbacks, personal tragedy and self-doubt it provides a gripping insight in to the studied determination that is needed to achieve in any arena.
An economics graduate and former City trader, Will is bright and articulate and is constantly in demand with the media or as a speaker.
Speaking topics include:
- Leadership (Vision, Environment, Removing Obstructions)
- Trust/Teamship (Unity, Standards, Spirit, Culture)
- Attitude/Confidence/Belief (Removing Luck)
- Attention to Detail
- Responsibility (TCUP – Think Correctly Under Pressure)
- Managing Change
- From Good to Great
- Sustaining Peak Performance
Will’s outstanding career has furnished him with an endless supply of stories and anecdotes which can be adapted to entertain any audience – rugby fans or not. Combined with his natural sense of humour and timing he has established himself as one of the most in demand rugby-related speakers on the circuit.