Stuart Abbott


Stuart Abbott MBE is a retired rugby union player most recognisable for playing a pivotal role in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup glory. Although born in South Africa, Abbott qualified to play for England and did this in perfect style. Now retired, Abbott spends a lot of his time providing compelling after dinner speeches as a rugby speaker. He is renowned for being an energetic speaker who aims to inspire his audiences on a range of different topics.

As a rugby player, Abbott started his career with English giants Leicester Tigers. He played two times for the club before making his move to London Wasps, a club he would stay at for five years. He was an integral member of the squad that won the Zurich Premiership. Success was something Abbott craved and he showed drive and determination throughout his career, as a speaker he often reflects on the importance of drive and determination and how it will help you to succeed in life.

After making 57 appearances for the Wasps, Abbott moved to Harlequins where he would play until announcing his retirement in 2007. Although enjoying a successful domestic career, Abbott will be remembered for his international career with England. During the 2003 World Cup, Abbott featured in three of England’s games and scored a try in an emphatic win against Uruguay. Throughout the tournament, Abbott showed extreme levels of dealing with pressure. As an expert on the subject of dealing with pressure, he aims to inspire his audiences with his experiences on the matter.

Now retired, he has spent time as a backs coach for Rossln Park FC who finished second in their respective league when Abbott was in his first year of the coaching role. Throughout his time as a coach, he has amplified the importance of teamwork and leadership as he feels they are detrimental to a team working well together. As a rugby speaker. Abbott often discusses the importance of teamwork and leadership but also delves into topics such as overcoming adversity and peak performance.

To book Stuart Abbott as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

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

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Rugby Speaker
  • Rugby Premiership
  • Heineken Cup
  • Overcoming Adversity

Watch an interview with Stuart Abbott below: