Roger Uttley


Roger Uttley played 23 games for England both in the second row and the back row, 5 times as captain, 4 tests in the Lions back row on the undefeated 1974 tour to South Africa. Roger was born in Blackpool, and played first for Fylde then Gosforth before finishing his career at the Wasps.

He coached the successful London and South East Divisional side in the mid to late 80´s before working with Geoff Cooke to coach and guide the England XV captained by Will Carling to the final of the 1991 World Cup. He was also assistant coach to the 1987 Lions side that won the test series against Australia.

In 1997 he was asked to manage the England XV, a job he enjoyed doing despite it coinciding with the infamous tour to hell. Due to cutbacks within the RFU the post of manager became financially unviable and he lost his position along with 30 other RFU employees. His day job has always been in teaching physical education and for the last 19 years he has been Director of that subject at the famous independent boarding school at Harrow.

An experienced and popular speaker he particularly enjoys using his considerable and unique experience of playing, coaching and managing sporting teams at the highest levels to help others maximise their performance in all areas of leadership training and team building. He is a former President of Sparks and a current council member of the same charity.

To book Roger Uttley as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Drive & Determination
  • Sporting Success
  • Peak Performance
  • Maximising Success
  • Leadership & Teamwork