Phil Davies is World Rugby’s Director of Rugby.
His career spans over 35 years as a world-class sportsman and leader, where he has built high-performance systems incorporating change and progression in the complex environment of professional rugby.
Phil Davies made his playing debut for Wales in 1985. Throughout a 10-year international career, he played at 2 World Cups and won the 5 Nations Championship in 1994. At his retirement in 1996, he was Wales’ most capped forward with 46 appearances.
Following an incredibly successful playing career, he moved into coaching as Director of Rugby at Leeds Tykes.
Over ten years, the Tykes grew from a National Division 4 side into an entirely professional domestic and European Team, winning promotions and cup finals along the way, with the highlight being the Powergen Cup Final over Bath at Twickenham in 2005.
In 2006, Phil moved back to Wales to become Director of Rugby at the Llanelli Scarlets. Whilst also in Wales, he went on to coach Wales U20s at 6 Nations and Junior World Championship Level.
He later returned to senior professional coaching with Cardiff Blues and Worcester Warriors, where he assisted Richard Hill in achieving promotion.
In late 2014, he decided to expand his leadership & coaching experience into the Southern Hemisphere, where he was appointed a technical advisor for the Namibian National Team. During this period, his role changed to Director of Rugby/ Head Coach of the Country, where he led them to the 2015 & 2019 senior Rugby World Cups in England & Japan, respectively.
In 2022, World Rugby announced the appointment of Phil Davies as the organisation’s Director of Rugby.
An experienced and respected sportsman on and off the field, Davies has a proven track record of achieving outcome success and nurturing and developing talent to perform at an elite level.
Speaking topics include:
- Teamwork and Leadership.
- Developing a focused mindset to thrive under pressure.
- Values-based leadership inspiring hearts and minds, delivering high performance and sustainable outcomes.
- Creating a foundation to lead.
- Developing self-awareness, regulation, decision making and communication.
- Establishing high-performance teams and cultures.