Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet!
Before announcing her international retirement in 2014, she represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year.
Through her England rugby career she has become a household rugby name but also a media professional, and since retiring she has commentated on live rugby matches for SKY Sports and the BBC. In 2015 she became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby when she was signed up by ITV for the Rugby World Cup, and now she is working for ITV Sport on their RBS 6 Nations coverage.
Maggie is also an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don’t need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport.
From South East London, Maggie has taken her education as seriously as her rugby obtaining a MSc in Sports & Exercise at Roehampton University, a BSc in the same subjects at De Montfort University and a BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies at Hertford Regional College. Additionally, she has been awarded a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.
To book rugby speaker Maggie Alphonsi as an after dinner speaker for events with the Champions Speakers agency, simply fill in our online form or call us on +44 1509 85 29 27
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
- Understanding pressure
- The psychology of winning
- Transferring skills
- Pressure management
- Working in a male environment and challenging perceptions.