The 2018 Rugby Autumn Internationals start next week!
Rugby fans around the world can look forward to another series of great matches between southern and northern hemisphere squads.
Our Rugby After Dinner Speakers are always in demand to deliver keynote, anecdotal and Q&A presentations around prominent rugby fixtures.
Scroll down to read about the history of the game of rugby and some of our most some our most popular rugby speakers.
How did it start?
The game of rugby is thought to have originated in 1823 with William Webb Ellis being credited with the innovation of running whilst holding the ball at Rugby School.
The Rugby World Cup
Over 150 years later, the first Rugby World Cup took place jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 1987.
The 1987 Rugby World Cup was eventually won by the favourites and co-hosts – New Zealand aka The All Blacks.
All Blacks hero Sean Fitzpatrick was a member of this winning squad, and went on to be one of the most-capped All Blacks of all-time.
New Zealand have won the World Cup three times, South Africa and Australia both twice, and England once.
The 2003 England Squad
The mighty 2003 England World Cup team featured a huge pool of talent, who all had an immense will to win.
The team were focused on bringing the Webb Ellis Cup back to its homeland.
Under the leadership of Sir Clive Woodward, England beat long-time rivals Australia 20-17.
Many of the 2003 England World Cup Winning squad have enjoyed thriving broadcasting, after dinner speaking and motivational speaking careers.
Members of this legendary squad who are available as after-dinner speakers and/or motivational speakers include:
Matt Dawson, Will Greenwood, Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson,
Kyran Bracken, Ben Kay, Mark Regan & Lewis Moody
More current rugby players are also available for speeches and Q&A’s including:
Dylan Hartley, James Haskell & Sam Warburton OBE
Many of the above can provide insight on how to create and maintain a high-performance team, how to deal with and approach change, the key to great leadership and how to go from good to great.
Entertaining speeches and Q&A session are also second nature to many of the above, where they will offer entertaining stories from the world of a professional rugby player.
We work with a number of rugby legends from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland who are available for speeches including:
- Jonathan Davies OBE – Wales
- David Campese – Australia
- Bobby Skinstad – South Africa
- Andy Nicol – Scotland
- Austin Healey – England
- Brian Moore – England
- Fergus Slattery – Ireland
- Gareth Chilcott – England
- Jeremy Guscott MBE – England
- JPR Williams – Wales
- Martin Bayfield – England
- Will Carling OBE – England
- Sir Gareth Edwards – Wales
If you have any questions about our range of rugby speakers, please get in touch here.
View the full 2018 Autumn Internationals fixtures list.