Muti-talented rugby star, Chris Ashton has proven dominance in all formats of the game. Whether he’s playing in wing position or fullback, rugby union or rugby league, Chris excels on the pitch, a testament to his dedication and drive. Proving his skillset isn’t limited to competition, Chris is now offering engaging keynote talks that explore the transferable qualities rugby has given him, from team cohesion to mental resilience. Similarly, as a high profile figure of the sport, events benefit greatly from his status as an after dinner speaker, with guests enthralled by his exclusive anecdotes from some of the most iconic games in recent years.
With more than 40 caps for his country, amassed over a decade, Chris has played an integral role in the success of England’s international rugby competition. Making his debut for the England rugby league in 2006, Chris overcame the initial doubts of his capabilities by securing three tries in four games and winning the Federation Shield for the country. One of very few players to have represented England in both the league and union formats of rugby, this honour proves Chris’ elite ability to adapt to differing circumstances, such as varying rules, positions and scoring, in order to succeed. As a dedicated rugby union player since 2010, Chris has been recognised as a consistent try scorer, repeatedly gaining hattricks, such as he did in the 2012 Six Nations.
Equally prevalent in his club career, Chris has made an impressive impact during his time with Wigan Warriors, Northampton and Saracens. Starting his club career on a scholarship with the Warriors, Chris was a naturally talented player from the outset, able to gain the goals to win, a quality that saw him quickly snapped up by his later teams Northampton in 2007 and Saracens in 2012. Consistency, skill and determination drove each of Chris’ pitch performances, and his unparalleled ability to repeatedly score try's qualifies him as a stand out of the sport.
Currently representing the Harlequins, who he joined in 2020, Chris remains a regular for the England squad, over a decade since his debut. Dedicating much of his time alongside rugby to speaking engagements, Chris has proven a popular choice on the after-dinner circuit thanks to his recognisability and charming character. Able to offer an engaging insight into the on-pitch action he has experienced, Chris transports audiences to the excitement of games through his anecdotes and delivery.