Iain Balshaw MBE


Rugby speaker and retired international player Iain Balshaw MBE held a successful career both at home and around the world as part of various domestic teams and the England squad. Best known for his tenure at Bath Rugby Club Balshaw played for a number of British clubs before moving to France to end his professional playing career.

Now working as a dedicated sports speaker Iain Balshaw represented his country on a number of occasions, playing a vital role in several Championship victories. His professional career began in 2000 when he came on as a substitute in the inaugural Six Nations Championship match against Ireland. He made his first-team debut the following year at the 2001 Six Nations opener against Wales where England won 44-15, thanks in no small part to Balshaw’s role as a full-back.

The highlight of Balshaw’s international career came in 2003 when he was part of The Grand Slam winning England team who took home the Six Nations Championship cup for the third time in the game’s short four year history. Following this incredible victory Balshaw and his teammates worked prolifically as rugby speakers across the UK at both live events and in the media.

In the same year, Iain Balshaw MBE also took part Rugby World Cup, appearing in the warm-up match against France and the game against Samoa where he scored a crucial try in the 70th minute. Iain Balshaw was one of the 19 England players who played in the final game against Australia in Sydney as a replacement in extra time and helped to secure yet another victory for his country. In his work as a rugby speaker Balshaw looks back fondly on his time as part of the England team, his entertaining stories of antics both on and off the field are sure to entertain at any after-dinner speaker event.

Iain left English rugby in 2009 after three years at Gloucester Rugby Club. A recurring knee injury sustained whilst at Leeds Rugby. Despite his impressive domestic career Iain Balshaw MBE is employed as a sports speaker for the England team more often than not; however his experience at Leeds, Gloucester and Bath are in themselves hugely entertaining and would be well suited to local after dinner speaker events.

To book Iain Balshaw as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.


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

  • Sporting Success
  • Rugby Union
  • Sports Speaker
  • The Six Nations Championship