Barrie McDermott is a former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain Rugby League forward.
McDermott played at the very top of British Rugby League for more than a decade, starring for Oldham, Wigan and Leeds and earning caps for England, Ireland and Great Britain.
Barrie made over two hundred and eighty appearances for Leeds, scoring forty tries.
He was the first player in Rhinos History to win League Leaders, Challenge Cup, World Club Challenge and the Super League.
As an international player, McDermott earned 15 caps for Great Britain and 15 caps for Ireland. He represented Ireland at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and later joined the coaching staff for the 2008 World Cup.
Following an outstanding career, playing over 400 games in 16 years for Oldham, Wigan, Leeds and Widnes, scoring 56 tries in total – winning every domestic honour, Barrie McDermott retired in 2006.
Since retirement, Barrie initially worked in a community role at Leeds Rhinos before joining the Leeds coaching setup as Head of Youth Development.
He regularly works for Sky Sports, both as a pundit at live games and as an off-field character where he regularly appears in features with friend Terry O’Connor
His autobiography, Made for Rugby was published in 2004 – becoming the best-selling Rugby League book of all time.
Barrie McDermott is a very entertaining Rugby League After Dinner Speaker.
Barrie is also an experienced keynote speaker delivering speeches around topics such as Motivation, Leadership and Teamwork.