Bill Beaumont CBE is one of the greats of English Rugby.
Beaumont’s international career started in 1975 against Ireland and he played for England 34 times.
His first involvement with the British Lions was in 1977 when he was flown out to New Zealand as a replacement. He played three games but the greatest honour of his career was when he was invited to captain the Lions in South Africa in 1980. The association continued when Bill was appointed manager of the 2005 touring party to New Zealand.
Sadly a head injury, while playing for Lancashire in the 1982 County Championship final, prematurely ended his career.
However, Bill Beaumont is just as well known these days for his television and media work with over 300 appearances in 13 years for BBC TV’s A Question of Sport – making him the show’s longest serving team captain.
He has also been a studio analyst and expert summariser for the BBC and Sky Sports and is currently Chairman of the International Rugby Board and Chairman of World Rugby.
As a great leader and captain, Bill Beaumont is an excellent after dinner speaker and motivational speaker.
His style can be described as humorous, inspiring and anecdotal.