Former rugby union player, Ben Woods played for both the Newcastle Falcons and the Leicester Tigers as an openside flanker. Now retired from the sport, Ben has taken on the role as a BT Sports Pundit and speaker.
The former Leicester Tigers player first started his career in the sport as the University of Durham while he was studying there. It wasn't long before he was moved to the professional league, which is when he began playing for the Newcastle Falcons. Quickly making his mark on the team, Ben was soon noticed by the Leicester Tigers, where they offered him a place on their squad in 2008. In 2011, Ben was appointed captain of the squad, and helped the Tigers’ team to victory at the LV Cup against Harlequins.
First called up to the international team in 2006, Ben was part of the England Saxons squad that took part in the Churchill Cup in both 2006 and 2007, successfully beating Ireland A in 2008. He was also called up to feature in the 2009 Churchill Cup and the Heineken Cup. Furthermore, Ben has been involved in coaching for rugby athletes such as GB Sevens’ Phil Burgess and Exeter’s Will Chudley, and often helps out and advises some of the Under 18 and Under 20’s squads, as well as some University squads.
Forced into retirement early in 2012 as a result of a wrist injury, Ben was soon snapped up to commentate for a number of media outlets at various sporting events. As a result of his extensive experience at national and international level, Ben was able to provide crucial insights of the importance of teamwork, leadership, drive and determination, peak performance and setting goals, which is why he is an ideal choice for speaking events. Ben uses his personal experiences and expert knowledge to provide highly insightful and informative talks for all to take something away from.
An incredible force on and off the pitch, Ben Woods has become a popular choice for sporting and business events alike. With his professional yet engaging manner, Ben will motivate and inspire your audience with his expertise, knowledge and witty anecdotes.