Mako Vunipola is a loosehead prop who has played for various teams including Saracens and the English national team. As a professional rugby union player, he has made over 200 appearances in club rugby and more than 60 appearances for the England and British and Irish Lions teams. An instantly recognisable name within the sporting world, Mako is a guaranteed hit at a long list of types of events, functions and conferences.
Born in New Zealand, Vunipola moved to the UK very early on in his life and was educated in Wales. Along with his brother Billy – who is also now a professional rugby union player, Mako began playing for Welsh club New Panteg RFC before moving to England where he began playing for the Bristol-based team, Clifton.
At the beginning of his senior club career, Mako joined Bristol Rugby in the 2010-11 season where his play became dubbed as outstanding. He joined his current team, Saracens towards the end of 2011 at Senior Academy level and has since left his mark on the London based team. Over the course of eight years, Vunipola has amassed over 150 appearances and has collected more than 60 points for the squad. A pivotal member of the team that won the Premiership during the 2014-15 season was called up to play for England in 2012 during the Autumn Internationals. He was also later selected to tour with the British and Irish Lions in 2013, he debuted against the renowned Barbarians and managed to feature in all three Tests that won them the series.
Most recently, Mako has continued to display his undeniable talent as a sportsman and has contributed to the England team that won the 2016 Six Nations Grand Slam. With the Saracens, he has helped to take four Premiership titles as well as three European Rugby Champions Cups. He has also gone on to receive the England player of the Year Award in 2018, hence his invitation to play with the England 2019 Rugby World Cup squad who managed to reach the final against South Africa.
With a speaking style that will have your audience engaged until his last word, Mako Vunipola can use his years of experience within a team environment to transform the way in which your employees perform. With his expertise lying within effective teamwork and leadership, achieving peak performance and maintaining drive and determination, Mako is fully equipped to make a huge impact to your corporate, school or sporting organisation.
To book Mako Vunipola for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.
When at corporate events, Mako is known to cover the following topics:
- Sports & Rugby
- Drive & Determination
- Leadership & Peak Performance
- Overcoming Adversity
- Dealing With Pressure
- Motivation & Teamwork