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Neil Back

Neil Back MBE

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Want to hire a true rugby legend for your next corporate event? If so, then who better than a former flanker who made history as a member of the England squad that won the Rugby World Cup for the first time ever in 2003? With Neil Back, this is exactly what you’ll get. As well as playing 66 times for his country, Neil represented England at three World Cups, embarked on three Lions’ tours and captained the team to four victories. Now, he’s bringing tales of a hugely successful career to audiences everywhere, working as one of the most popular rugby after-dinner speakers in the business.

Neil made his England debut in 1994, and soon become a regular on the teamsheet. Despite some selectors thinking he was too small, his tenacious nature and determined attitude saw him become a big hit among fans and became an important part of Sir Clive Woodward’s England side. He formed part of a formidable back-row along with the likes of Richard Hill and Lawrence Dallaglio and became well-known for his great control of the ball.

In 2003, English rugby had its greatest moment, and Neil was right at the heart of it as the team defeated Australia to win the World Cup for the first time. Neil played the entire match, and in the same year was part of the Six Nations squad that won the Grand Slam. During his speaking occasions, Neil can explain what it was like representing his country at the highest level, as well as discuss these moments in detail.

Alongside his success on the international stage, Neil also had an accomplished domestic game representing both Nottingham and Leicester Tigers. Signing for Leicester in 1990, he was part of one of the team’s golden eras that saw them win five Premiership titles and two European Cups. When working as a rugby speaker, he can speak at length about his time at the club level as well as his successes on the international stage, discussing lesser-known moments that would otherwise not be known.

Neil retired from the sport in 2005 and embarked on a coaching career. Initially doing his coaching badges while still playing, he instantly transitioned to the role of Leicester Tigers’ defensive coach once he officially retired. In 2008 he was named head coach of Leeds Carnegie, helping them earn promotion from the Championship to the Premiership. He’s also worked on the coaching staff at Edinburgh Rugby during his career.

If you want Neil Back to enhance your next event, contact Evolve today. Simply give us a call or send us an email, and a member of our team will be on hand to help.

Topics and Themes

  • 2003 Rugby World Cup
  • Sporting Success
  • Motivational
  • Rugby

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