My Rugby Career
Rugby has been a huge part of my life since my early teens and I have been fortunate enough to play at the highest level both with and against some of the best players in the world, many of whom I am proud to say are great friends of mine.
I signed with Leicester Tigers in 1996 and during my 11 years with the club had some incredible experiences, the most memorable being our victory in 2001 Heineken Cup Final; a great moment for both the club and the players! I am also very proud to have played for my country, gaining my first cap for England in 2000, and also toured with the Barbarian RFC on 5 occasions.
In 2007 I made the move from Leicester Tigers to Gloucester Rugby where I got off to a really promising start, scoring five tries in just six games. By this point in my career I had battled against my fair share of injuries and remain grateful to the medical staff that helped to keep me on the field. However, it was during a game against Ospreys in 2008 that I was dealt the final blow upon sustaining an injury that would later prove to end my playing career.
Professional / Senior Clubs
Life After Sport
In the years that have followed, I have turned my experiences as a professional rugby player, and the doors that this helped open for me, to my advantage in the business world and made that all-important transition into the ‘real world’.
After being appointed as the Foundation Director of Oakham School in 2009, where I enjoyed three great years, I went on to become the CEO of the Legion Worldwide Group from 2012 until 2015. Amongst many other things it was through that role, I was part of a group that founded Legends Rugby, a sports & events based brand focused on bringing together former professional rugby players and rugby fans at both large and small scale events.
Having been on the board of Key Sports Management, a leading UK football management company, and Legion Sports Management, which specialises in the representation of top flight professional sportsmen and women, I have been able to combine both sport and business as a career. My specific interests are in developing athletes both on and off the field, where I have developed a specialist passion for helping career transitions within sport. Following the successful publication of my first book ‘Life After Sport’, I was invited to join the board of Switch the Play, a social enterprise focused on helping athletes fulfil their potential through and beyond sport.
Since 2005 I have been an active ambassador and business mentor for The Prince’s Trust, helping young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training. I am also a proud ambassador the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, where through sport we aim to help alleviate child poverty in Vietnam and Mongolia. In 2016 I was invited to become a Patron for Action Deafness, who aim to improve the quality of lives by promoting independence and equality of opportunity for Deaf, Deafened, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people.
If anyone is interested in hearing more or supporting any of these great charitable causes, then please do get in contact with me directly, as we are always looking for new partners and valued supporters.