Andy Nicol represented the prestigious Barbarians, British Lions, and captained Scotland with distinction.
He enjoyed a long and successful career with Bath, whom he led to a European Cup Win.
Austin Healey is a former England and British Lions Rugby Player, a Broadcaster and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
With over 50 international caps and nearly 250 appearances for Leicester, Austin Healey will long be remembered as the player who created the break that ended in the winning score in the Heineken Cup final 2001 in Paris; he then scored the second and decisive try against Munster when Tigers retained the cup at the Millennium Stadium the following year, and was named as Man of the Match in both finals.
World cup winner and rugby speaker, Ben Cohen MBE is a former professional rugby player who now spends much of his time as an activist and after dinner speaker.
Ben Kay MBE was a member of the England rugby squad who won the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
Kay was part of the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand & Australia and was the only England squad member to be on the field during all seven matches in the 2007 World Cup. Ben won 62 caps with England.
Bill Beaumont is one of the greats of English Rugby and was the longest serving team captain on BBC Television’s A Question of Sport.
Bobbie Goulding (born 4 February 1972 in Widnes, Lancashire) is an English rugby league football coach and former player. and recently was the French national team's head coach.
A former Great Britain and England international representative scrum-half, Goulding played for a number of clubs including Wigan and St. Helens, both of whom he won Challenge Cup finals with.
British rugby speaker and former player Brian Moore is known for his almost ten-year stint with the English Lions and subsequent work as a sports speaker and pundit on British television.
Brian O’Driscoll is an Irish former professional Rugby Union player. A leading after dinner speaker, he played outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster and formerly for Ireland.
Damian is a former centre/winger Rugby Player. Damian’s 14 games for England are not a fair reflection on his talent or influence within the sport; as a popular Wasps player with 10 years’ service, Damian’s International career peaked when the England 7’s team lifted the inaugural Melrose World 7’s Trophy in 1993.
Gareth is renowned as a giant of Welsh rugby, reaching his zenith in the days when the national side won three grand slams and five triple crowns. He has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey", and in a poll of international rugby players conducted in 2003 by Rugby World magazine, Gareth was declared the greatest player of all time. He gained a CBE in 2007 for his services to the sport.
Scottish Rugby speaker Gavin Hastings was part of the formidable Hastings brothers who became some of most popular Scottish national players of the 1990’s; one of the most outstanding Rugby Union players of his generation Gavin now works as a dedicated sports speaker appearing at after dinner speaker events across both Scotland the rest of the UK.
Ian Robertson is a BBC Rugby Commentator and Former Scotland International.
Educated at Aberdeen and Cambridge University, Ian won a rugby ‘Blue’ at both.
Welsh Rugby Speaker Ieuan Evans MBE – Wales Rugby Legend and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker. Ieuan Evans has enjoyed an outstanding rugby career as a right-wing with Llanelli, Bath, Wales and the British Lions, skippering Wales to the World Cup in South Africa in 1995.
Rugby speaker and former England player Jeff Probyn is known for his career as a prop in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Born in Bethnal Green in London Probyn spent time playing for Askeans, Streatham and Wasps and made his international debut for England in 1988. Now retired Jeff Probyn is a commentator and sports speaker as well as working in rugby management.
Scottish Rugby speaker & Rugby legend John Beattie, is fast becoming one of the best known presenters on BBC Radio Scotland.
John Bentley is the former Halifax, Huddersfield, Newcastle, British Lions and England winger.
Jonathan Davies is a welsh dual-code rugby legend. Captaining his nation for both Rugby Union and Rugby League, Jonathan joined an elite club of players to ever accomplish this feat. A wonderful rugby speaker, Jonathan observed the transition of Rugby Union to a professional sport as well as playing alongside some of the most formidable athletes of the sport.
Keith Wood is one of Ireland’s most iconic and respected rugby players.
A driven and hard-nosed player, Wood excelled as a hooker for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions over an international career that spanned an impressive nine years.
Kenny Logan began his rugby career in his home town at Stirling County RFC. Having progressed through the ranks he made his senior debut at the tender age of 17 and went on to win the Scottish League Championship in 1995 1996.
Though plagued with injury, Kyran earned 170 Saracens caps and 50 for England – including a big contribution to the famous World Cup win. He explains how the team had several leaders, each responsible for their discipline but following a single game plan. As in business, they fought hard to deliver results and to leave the opposition in their wake. After dinner, the Dancing on Ice champion tells how his team became the best in the world – and describes the journey from turnovers to toe loops.
Lawrence Dallaglio OBE – England and Wasps Rugby Legend. After-Dinner and Motivational Business Speaker.
Lawrence Dallaglio was born in Shepherd’s Bush, London in 1972. He was educated at Ampleforth College and was first spotted by Wasps while playing for the college at the Rosslyn Park 7’s in 1989.
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Martin Bayfield - Former British Lions and England Rugby Player, Broadcaster and After-Dinner Speaker.
Martin Corry is an English rugby legend whose amazing sporting talent has given him a string of career achievements. Ending his career in his tenth season with Leicester Tigers, Martin captained the team in multiple grand finals, winning both the Premiership and the EDF Energy Cup – marking the first double of Rugby’s professional era. A pre-eminent sports speaker, Martin is a highly sought after personality on the after dinner speaker circuit.
A legend of modern Rugby, Martin Johnson captained his England side to World Cup victory in 2003 as well as captaining his club, the Leicester Tigers to two Heineken Cup victories and six league wins. Martin was the England Rugby Coach between 2008 and 2011, where he used his extensive experience from his playing career to guide his national side once more. This knowledge is also what makes Martin a highly regarded rugby speaker for events and private functions.
Matt Dawson MBE is a former England Rugby Captain and a team Captain on BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport‘.
Born in Birkenhead, Dawson started his rugby career with Marlow and then moved to Northampton.
In 1993, Matt was a called up for the England Sevens team which won the first Sevens World Cup in Scotland.
Bath, London Irish and England rugby legend, Mike Catt is one of the nation’s most consistent and accomplished players. A world Cup winner in 2003, Mike has also become the oldest player to ever play in a World Cup final, achieved at the 2007 World Cup, aged 36 years and 1 month. Moving to England from South Africa after leaving school, Mike qualified to play for England thanks to his mother being from the country. Catt made the decision to play for England due to South Africa’s apartheid policy and adopted his new nation by joining Bath rugby club in 1992. A renowned rugby speaker, Mike can provide a unique insight into playing rugby for England as a South African, as well as reminiscing about his times on the World stage, including the memorable 2003 World Cup campaign.
Neil Back, Rugby After Dinner Speaker A veteran of three World Cup campaigns and still very much a popular presence in the rugby world, Neil Back is a charming guest speaker and question answerer suited to a wide range of events.
One of the most highly respected Rugby referees in the world, Nigel Owens has refereed multiple Heineken Cup finals and officiated World Cup matches many times, making him one of the most accomplished and influential authorities in the sport. A fabulous rugby speaker, Nigel delivers a humorous insight into elite rugby and how to discipline giants of the sport.
Peter John Wheeler is a former England international rugby union player who played hooker and is Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers. Peter appeared for Leicester 349 times and gained 41 caps for England and 7 for the British and Irish Lions
Welsh Rugby legend Phil Bennett OBE enjoyed an extensively prolific career during his playing days, representing his country and the British and Irish Lions on a number of occasions. A popular rugby speaker and after dinner speaker, Phil Bennett provides an exceptional addition to a whole host of events and occasions.
Phil Vickery MBE is seen as one of the legends of the game of Rugby Union. Capped 73 times for his country, and twice a British & Irish Lion, he also captained England at the 2007 World Cup and was part of the historic team that lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003. Although retired from the game he is still actively involved through coaching and commentating. His views are regularly sought by the media and he writes regular columns for the national press.
Rob Andrew MBE was named as the Rugby Football Union's new director of rugby operations in March 2011 having served as the Rugby Football Union's elite director of rugby since 2006. England's most-capped Fly Half now shapes the RFU going towards the World Cup in 2015. His new position includes responsibility for overseeing tournaments and competitions, referee and coach development as well as sports science and medicine, and player welfare.
Welsh Rugby Speaker Scott Quinell Born on the 20th of August 1972, son of Derek Quinnell Legend of rugby union, married to Madora John sister of Barry John (The King), godfather Merv the Swerve, Scott was under no pressure of course to play rugby!!!
Scott started playing rugby for Llanelli Juniors at 8 years old, he had his first game for the Llanelli Scarlets at 18 years of age against Penygroes RFC in 1990. Scott went on to play 146 games for the Scarlets scoring 69 tries for his beloved home club, this was under the guidance of Gareth Jenkins his only Llanelli coach and mentored also by his father Derek.
Sean Fitzpatrick is a rugby legend, playing a world record 63 consecutive test matches for New Zealand and Captaining the All Blacks for 51 tests.Sean made his international debut in 1986 and went on to play 347 first class games, earning a reputation as a tough and uncompromising hooker. He was appointed All Black Captain in 1992, the crowning point of a stunning career in first class rugby. He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997.
One of the tallest men to have played for England. Shaw has represented England at various levels including students and Under-21s. He played for Bristol at 17. This was despite not taking up the game seriously until he was 16, just after his family had moved to England from Spain. He was educated at Runnymede College, in Madrid and at Godalming College in Surrey. He also played for Cranleigh Rugby Club in his younger years, and often returns to train with the youth teams.
Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward OBE has had a huge effect on English rugby. Clive became one of the sport’s true legends after coaching England to their 2003 Rugby World Cup victory.
Will Carling OBE – Legendary England Rugby Captain. Motivational, Teamwork and Leadership Speaker
Will Carling was England’s youngest and longest-serving most successful skipper ever taking on the position at the age of 22.
Armed with an Economics degree from Durham University, Will Greenwood MBE started his working life as a trader for HSBC on London’s City trading floor – but would move on to become the second highest try scorer in English rugby history. In 2003, he helped England win the Rugby World Cup, and today, he is widely regarded as one of England’s greatest rugby players ever, and one of the sport’s most engaging, intelligent, and entertaining characters.
Rugby Speakers for Hire in the UK and Europe
Laughter UK provide rugby after dinner speakers for a wide variety of events such as, corporate events, sportsmans dinners, golf days, awards ceremonies, comedy and curry nights, theatre shows, pub & club entertainment, and many many more. We cover all areas of the UK including Lancashire and Cumbriain the North West of England. Laughter UK will be able to help you make the best choice of Rugby Speaker for your event. Our Rugby Speakers include the following personalities.
Willie John McBride
To book your after dinner rugby speaker call 01524 733 310