Maggie Alphonsi MBE is a retired English rugby union player who is arguably the face of international women’s rugby. She was a part of the England squad for 11 years between 2003 and 2014 earning 74 appearances. During her time as an English rugby player, Alphonsi was a crucial member within one of England’s most successful rugby squads ever. Domestically, Alphonsi played for Saracens but she will be most recognised for her international efforts.
Alphonsi has won numerous awards due to her phenomenal career within the sport, she was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2010 and was later inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016. Alphonsi was an integral part of England’s record breaking squad that won seven consecutive Six Nations Championships and also the World Cup winning squad in 2014. After the World Cup, she was named in the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year. Having won nearly every competition possible, Alphonsi retired from rugby just after the 2014 World Cup. She retired as England’s most successful rugby player of all time and has built an exceptional legacy for other women within rugby to build on.
Since retiring, Alphonsi has spent time as a commentator on live rugby matches for both Sky Sports and BBC. When she was signed by ITV in 2015, she became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby. Alphonsi was signed for the World Cup coverage and has since commentated on the Six Nations too. Her knowledge on the sport is second-to-none so when coupled with her exceptional presenting skills, Alphonsi makes for one of the best commentators on the panel.
She has become an inspirational figure within a sport dominated by males, her ability to inspire is reflected throughout her time as a rugby speaker. During her time as a speaker, Alphonsi discusses overcoming adversity</strong and peak performance. She possesses a strong personality and has great humour which makes her the perfect speaker for any type of event or function.
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When she’s at corporate events, Margaret is known to cover the following topics:
- Understanding Pressure
- The Psychology Of Winning
- Transferring Skills
- Pressure Management
- Challenging Perceptions
2016: Member of the ITV Six Nations broadcast team
2015: First former female player ever to be part of a broadcast team for a men’s Rugby World Cup
2015: Rugby World Cup Ambassador
2014: BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year winner
2014: Number One single with Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir (Children in Need)
2014: Rugby World Cup winner
2012: Awarded an MBE for Services to Rugby
2012: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2011: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2011: Rugby Union Writers Club Player of the Year. Maggie became the first woman to win this prize in its 50-year history.
2010: Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year
2010: Rugby World Cup runner-up
2010: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2009: Rugby World Cup Sevens Plate winner
2009: Six Nations winner
2008: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2007: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2006: IRB Women’s Rugby Player of the year
2006: Rugby World Cup runner-up
2006: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
2003: England debut
“Maggie is an incredibly inspirational speaker. Her presentation was topical and acknowledged the important role that teachers, PE and sport plays in lives. She presented with high energy, emotion, empathy and humour and ignited the audience. She was awesome!”
Mike Crichton – Chair, National Association for Physical Education (afPE)
“Having heard lots about what a great addition to an event Maggie would be, she did not disappoint – from the moment she arrived, her warm smile and easy manner made her a fantastic guest – she was happy to be interviewed, delivering passionate viewpoints about her personal story in rugby then chatting effortlessly to staff – and then taking part in a very honest way in our panel discussion – finally, joining us for drinks and more chatting after, she was just brilliant and inspiring – as well as incredibly honest which is so refreshing. We really enjoyed having her and everyone commented that she was a fantastic addition to the event.”
Philippa Piper – Clifford Chance LLP
“Maggie was our guest speaker at our inaugural International Women’s Day event and it couldn’t have gone better. She was relatable to both the men & women in the room and her personal stories were both funny and inspiring. We were delighted with how the event went and we are very appreciative that she stayed behind to talk to our Associates.” – Louise Parry – Lockton LLP
“I have to say the event was a re-sounding success. Maggie without a doubt was brilliant!! One heck of an inspirational speaker.”– Harjinder, HSBC
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