Jeff Probyn


Rugby speaker and former England player Jeff Probyn is known for his career as a prop in the 1980s and early ’90s. Born in Bethnal Green in London Probyn spent time playing for Askeans, Streatham and Wasps and made his international debut for England in 1988. Now retired Jeff Probyn is a commentator and sports speaker as well as working in rugby management.

An innovative and impressive rugby speaker and player Probyn was known for his low scrummage style, a technique so effective that it led a number of his competitors to remove the sleeves of their playing shirts believing that he used them to give him leverage and power. Their efforts were of no use however as Probyn continued to play in his unique style and became renowned as a force to be reckoned with in both domestic and international games.

Retiring in 1993 after winning 37 caps for England Jeff Probyn has gone on to work as a rugby speaker in a number of capacities; not only does he regularly contribute as a sports speaker and Full Contact expert for talkSPORT radio but he has also been an active member of rugby union coaching and management.

Probyn spent time as a member of Club England, the Rugby Football Union Committee where he worked as a rugby speaker and assisted in the running and management of the group. Alongside this role, Jeff Probyn also managed the England Under-21 team.

Whilst in this role Probyn played a vital role in instating Clive Woodward and Andy Robinson as coaches in representative rugby, he returned to the RFU in the 2000 and once again played a pivotal role in electing Clive Woodward as the England coach and sat on the board that, in 2006, reviewed and replaced England’s coaching team with that led by Martin Johnson, who would go on to lead England to a World Cup victory.

As well as working as a sports speaker Jeff Probyn is an Honorary President of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

To book Jeff Probyn 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, Jeff is known to cover the following topics:

  • England Rugby
  • Wooden Spoon Charity
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Sports Speaker
  • Sporting Success
  • Playing Innovation

“On Saturday 20th May 2017, Jeff Probyn spoke at our Player Awards evening. On behalf of Gateshead RFC I would like you pass on our thanks to him for a most enjoyable night. He arrived early and mingled in a crowded lounge talking to players and posing for photographs. He sat with us during our awards presentation entering into the spirit of the night. After a very entertaining speech he stayed behind continuing to talk and socialise with players and guests. This was unexpected and a nice touch for which we are very grateful. Thank you.”
Harry GreyHonorary Secretary, Gateshead RFC

“Jeff Probyn was brilliant last year – great recommendation”
Jeff DurantManaging Director at Otium

“Jeff was recommended by Mark and was absolutely brilliant, his speech was both entertaining and insightful and he courteously stayed for a number of hours after his speech, socialising and indulging in 1 or 2 pints!”
St Bernadettes Old Boys RFC

Simply put, Jeff is fantastic. Not only is he a lovely fella’, but he entertained us royally. I cannot speak highly enough about him. He fitted the brief for our more intimate table of 10, and for us, it could not have gone any better. Everyone of us had a wonderful time. As you said to me earlier, sitting at the table with us, it quickly became an interactive Q and A, and his endless fund of anecdotes were Champagne to us old rugby groupies. So 10 out of 10 for Jeff“- Robert Bruce, Bruce Investments