Henry Slade

Rugby Union Player & Key Member of the England Squad

A key member of the England rugby squad, Henry Slade is a rugby union player who suffers with Type 1 diabetes yet has never allowed this set back to affect his goals and aspirations. Slade played a huge part in getting his squad to the finals of the England 2019 Rugby World Cup. They played in the finals against South Africa on Saturday 2nd November.

In the English Premiership Henry plays for the Exeter Chiefs and during the 2011/12 season he was dual-registered to both Exeter Chiefs and Plymouth Albion. Henry represented England at both U18 and U19 age level, making his debut on 22nd July 2010. Henry is an undoubtedly talented player who was described by England Academy coach John Fletcher ‘the  way he plays reminds me of a young Toby Flood or Rory Clegg.’

Although it was an uncapped game Henry’s performance in his debut for England against Barbarians on 1st June 2014 was extremely impressive and resulted in him kicking fifteen points. Following this he went to win his first cap for England on 15th August 2015 at Twickenham against France in a World Cup warm-up match. Henry subsequently was named in Stuart Lancaster’s thirty-one man squad for the World Cup and then in 2018 was named in Eddie Jones Six Nations squad. He scored his second England cap as an outside centre, this was against Uruguay in the pool game. He went on to be selected for England’s 2018 Quilter Autumns International Series where he played all four Test matches.

As a rugby speaker Henry is perfect for sporting events, whether that’s as a host or an after dinner speaker he can provide unique and personal insights into rugby. Henry entertains with stories from his time on and off the pitch and playing with some of the top players. He also discusses how he balances his health and sport and explores what it’s like being a type 1 diabetic within rugby.

To book Henry Slade for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Henry is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sports & Rugby
  • Drive & Determination
  • Leadership & Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Dealing With Pressure
  • Balancing Health in Sport
  • Type 1 Diabetes