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Bill Beaumont

Bill Beaumont CBE

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Regarded as one of England’s best-ever rugby players, Bill Beaumont was a formidable lock who captained the team to a historic Grand Slam in the Five Nations in 1980. In total, he played 34 caps for his national team and made seven appearances for the British & Irish Lions. Now, he works as Chairman of World Rugby and is one of the most popular rugby after-dinner speakers around. Perfect for events of all types, Bill can wow audiences with tales from his successful career keeping them engaged and entertained time and time again.

Bill’s career came long before rugby union was made professional and in domestic rugby, he played for Flyde, Lancashire and North of England. He made his international debut against Ireland in 1975 and made a big impression on the team. He was made captain of his country in 1978, and under his leadership, England was able to beat New Zealand in 1979. Undoubtedly his biggest achievement came in 1980 when England defied the odds to win the Five Nations Grand Slam for the first time in 23 years. At all of his rugby speaking events, Bill can discuss what it was like to achieve this feat, explaining how they were able to pull off the victory.

After suffering from numerous concussions, Bill was forced to retire on medal grounds in 1982. From here, he became a regular on the popular sports quiz show A Question of Sportwith his encyclopaedic sporting knowledge making him a great choice of team captain. When he left the show in 1996, he was the longest-standing team captain, and to this day remains one of the most iconic personalities to ever feature on the programme.

As well as his extensive media career, Bill has also held several high-profile roles within rugby administration, making key decisions that impact the future of the sport. This started by representing England on the World Rugby board in 1999 and he worked as the Chairman of the Rugby Football Union from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, he was elected as the Chairman of World Rugby, a role he still holds, where he is responsible for making decisions on the future of the sport worldwide. One of the most illuminating rugby after-dinner speakers around, during all of his speaking engagements Bill can explain to audiences what his role involves, and what it’s like working for one of rugby’s most important global institutions.

If you want one of the most high-profile rugby speakers in the industry, Bill Beaumont is sure to be a hit. His excellent stage presence and charismatic personality make him the ideal choice for corporate and personal events, so get in touch with Evolve today to find out more.

Topics and Themes

  • Leadership
  • Sporting Governance
  • Motivational
  • Sporting Success
  • Rugby

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