Phil Bennett OBE


Phil Bennett OBE is a retired Welsh rugby union player who is recognised as one of Wales’ greatest players of all time. Now a popular rugby speaker due to his extensive knowledge and wonderful personality, Bennett provides compelling speeches and is an exceptional addition to a range of events and occasions. With one rugby author once quoting that,

“Phil was a rugby player whose talent defies definition”,

it is easy to see why this legendary Welshmen is held in high regard across the world.

A natural fly-half, Bennett was always on the scoresheet for both club and country, he scored an astonishing 166 points in just 29 games for Wales. Starting his domestic career out at Felinfoel RFC, Bennett was soon a fans favourite. He plied his trade at three separate clubs for the duration of his career, the aforementioned Felinfoel and then for Llanelli RFC> and Barbarian F.C. He made his international debut for Wales against France in 1969 when he became the first Welsh substitute in international rugby history.

Bennett was a part of the British and Irish Lions record-breakingsquad in 1974. The squad defeated South Africa 3-0 in what was a whitewash series, Bennett scored the most points in the series and was a standout performer throughout. After a hugely successful domestic and international career, Bennett retired from rugby in 1978, he was later inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. Bennett was all inducted to The Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

A popular star within his sport, his strong, powerful personality and attitude has contributed to his successes both on the field as a rugby player, and off the field as an eloquent after dinner speaker and rugby speaker. Proving popular at a whole host of events and occasions, Phil Bennett is a sought after rugby speaker, elaborating on a truly spectacular professional rugby career. As a rugby speaker, Bennett often delves into topics such as the importance of teamwork and peak performance.

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

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork
  • Success
  • Inspiraitonal

Watch Phil Bennett OBE score a try against Scotland below:

“Phil Bennett was a great success at The Rolls of Monmouth last Friday. What a lovely man, hugely appreciated by his audience. He contributed significantly to the success of the evening, not just by his passionate and witty speech but by offering to take away the Lions shirt we were auctioning and getting several more famous Lions players’ signatures on it – thereby significantly increasing the amount it fetched in our charity auction. Unbidden, he also offered a framed, signed print, which fetched some £260, sight unseen. Please express my gratitude to him for his wholehearted support of our efforts for the charities, Help for Heroes and the Multiple Scleriosis Society, for which we raised some £7,000 in total.”
– Alastair Beedie, The Rolls of Monmouth

“Event went very well, thank you. I have had great feedback about Phil, who was charming, amusing and a true gent.”
– Sarah, Winchester Club