Will Greenwood MBE is a Rugby World Cup Winner.
He 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.
Born in Blackburn, Greenwood was educated at Stonyhurst College and Sedbergh School. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Hatfield College, Durham.
He played club rugby for The Harlequins, Preston Grasshoppers, Waterloo and The Leicester Tigers.
Will was involved in all but one of England’s games in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, also scoring England’s only try against South Africa. He finished the tournament as a joint top try-scorer with five tries.
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.
In 2006, after winning 55 England rugby union caps and scoring 31 tries, he announced his retirement from the game.
One of England’s greatest ever rugby players, Will is also one of the sport’s most engaging, intelligent and witty characters.
World Class – How to Lead, Learn and Grow Like a Champion
Along with Ben Fennell, Will has written ‘World Class’. The book demonstrates how much elite sport can teach us about high-performance leadership by uncovering the principles that unite all top-level performance, both on and off the pitch.
Will and Ben prove that the secret to great leadership is unity, not uniformity. After speaking to leaders across all areas of sport and business – from Rio Ferdinand and Sir Clive Woodward to Dave Lewis and Kate Richardson-Walsh – they reveal how the guiding principles of celebrating difference and forging togetherness are the fastest way to accelerate growth
Will Greenwood – Keynote Speaker:
Will’s prior career as an HSBC trader has given him an insight into 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 mindset and behaviours opened the door to a performance gear change.
Combined with the lows of injury setbacks, personal tragedy and also self-doubt, will provide a gripping insight into the studied determination that is needed to achieve in any arena.
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 career has furnished him with an endless supply of stories and anecdotes which can be adapted to entertain any audience – rugby fans or not. With a great sense of humour, he has established himself as one of the UK’s leading rugby after-dinner speakers.