Simon Shaw MBE


Simon Shaw MBE is a retired rugby union player who played at the elite level throughout the duration of his professional career. Although born in Kenya, Shaw represented England on 71 occasions in an international career that spanned over 15 years. He enjoyed a 23-year career in which he played for three domestic clubs but spent the duration of his domestic career with the London Wasps. Now spending a lot of his time as a rugby speaker, Shaw often reflects on his outstanding career but also discusses vital topics like setting and achieving goals.

One of Shaw’s career highlights and what he will be most remembered for by fans will be his participation in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad. He flew out to join the squad after an injury to Danny Grewcock meant he couldn’t play any further part in the tournament. Along with other members of the squad, Shaw was awarded an MBE following the World Cup win. He often reflects on winning the World Cup in his after dinner speeches.

He started his career at Bristol in 1990 but moved to the Wasps in 1997. He would play 306 times for Wasps in a period that lasted 14 years, he is considered a legend of the club due to his extreme loyalty and dedication shown. Eventually, he moved to French side Toulon and would remain there until announcing his retirement in 2013. Shaw also represented the British and Irish Lions on two occasions.

Since retiring, Shaw has founded his own business called Simon Shaw Rugby. The company sells a range of different rugby balls which have different individual qualities. Since opening his own business, Shaw has become an expert in a number of business-related topics such as drive and determination. He uses his experiences as a player and business owner to inspire his audiences at after dinner events.

A truly dedicated professional and role model to all young rugby players, Simon Shaw MBE is a fascinating rugby speaker who provides the most gripping and compelling speeches. He inspires his audiences through his life experiences and knowledge on a range of vital subjects.

To book Simon Jones 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, Simon is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Premiership
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Setting & Achieving Goals
  • Performing Under Pressure
  • English Rugby

Watch Simon in an emotional post-match interview here: