Warren Gatland OBE


A legend of Rugby, Warren Gatland OBE is a leading authority in international rugby coaching. Current head coach for Wales, Warren has led the side to success on the world stage with incredibly strong performances. An intriguing and highly capable rugby speaker, Warren has addressed a range of audiences and put forward thought provoking thoughts about the complexities of managing driven and determined athletes on a daily basis.

Having enjoyed his own playing career at New Zealand club, Waikato, Warren would go on to break the record for most games played for the side. After his retirement from the club in 1995, Gatland only had to wait three years before being snapped up as the new coach for the Irish international side. Despite Gatland taking over a team that had barely won in the several years beforehand, the team played in some close defeats to some of the world’s leading sides, including a victory over the Welsh in the 1999 Five Nations Championship. Discussing how he transformed Irish fortunes so effectively during talks as a rugby speaker, Warren is an inspirational character who strives to pass on the lessons he has learnt from a life in professional sport.

Moving to London Wasps a few years later, Gatland transformed a side lagging at the bottom of the Premiership. After taking on the job of Director of Rugby, Warren developed one of the meanest defences in the nation and steered the side to multiple Premiership titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

After a spell at his old club of Waikato, Gatland became the head coach for Wales in December 2007. Making a bold entrance in his first match, Warren led a shock victory over a strong English squad after trailing 19-6 with 20 minutes to play. Warren has led his side to consistent and hugely successful performances ever since including the 2008 Triple Crown and 2012 Six Nations Tournament. Having created a strong reputation for himself, Warren shares his ability to maximise success and achieve goals with audiences as an after dinner speaker, boosting efficiency and effectiveness in all walks of life.

Gatland has also served as the British & Irish Lions coach since September 2012, leading the side to a successful tour of Australia the following year. A hugely knowledgeable figure within the game, Warren is an expert in leadership and teamwork, two attributes that are very relevant to sporting and business environments alike during talks as a sports speaker.

A consummate professional with hugely impressive credentials, Warren is in constant demand as an after dinner speaker. A wonderful personality to have whenever hospitality is concerned, Gatland can tailor his speech to a client’s brief to ensure maximum relevancy and effect.

To book Warren Gatland OBE as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Success Maximisation
  • Achieving Goals
  • Teamwork & Team-Building
  • Leadership & Peak Performance
  • Drive & Determination