Sir Clive Woodward, Former England Rugby Coach, Motivational Speaker, After Dinner Speaker, Sir Clive Woodward was the manager of the England Rugby team and is in constant demand as one the country's leading motivational speakers. The son of a RAF pilot, Woodward was educated at HMS Conway School Ship where he played rugby at centre alongside a fly-half Iain Duncan Smith who would later become leader of the Conservative Party. He attended Loughborough University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports science followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). On leaving university Clive joined Rank Xerox and simultaneously began his Rugby career at Leicester Rugby Football Club. He has subsequently focused his attention on both the business and sporting worlds, through his involvement with The England Rugby Team and his associated business interests. He played as a centre for Leicester Tigers from 1979 to 1985. He made his England debut against Ireland on January 19 1980, as a replacement and went on to gain 21 caps for his country, playing his last game March 17 1984 against Wales. He toured South Africa with the British Lions in 1980. He is most noted for his partnership with fellow Tiger Paul Dodge. Clive Woodward left Xerox in 1985 and emigrated to Australia where he played for Manly. There he learned about Australian rugby which was considered to be at a more advanced developmental stage than that in Britain. He was offered the post of National Sales Director for Portfolio Leasing- a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. Returning to the UK in 1990 he established his own leasing company, which is still flourishing in spite of his long-term sabbatical into the sporting world! He returned to the UK in 1990. After a short but successful spell coaching at London Irish, he became assistant coach at the Tigers' arch enemies Bath under Andy Robinson. When Jack Rowell retired as coach of the England team in 1997, Woodward acquired the job almost by default.

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Sir Clive Woodward was the manager of the England Rugby team and is in constant demand as one the country's leading motivational speakers.

The son of a RAF pilot, Woodward was educated at HMS Conway School Ship where he played rugby at centre alongside a fly-half Iain Duncan Smith who would later become leader of the Conservative Party. He attended Loughborough University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports science followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

On leaving university Clive joined Rank Xerox and simultaneously began his Rugby career at Leicester Rugby Football Club. He has subsequently focused his attention on both the business and sporting worlds, through his involvement with The England Rugby Team and his associated business interests.

He played as a centre for Leicester Tigers from 1979 to 1985. He made his England debut against Ireland on January 19 1980, as a replacement and went on to gain 21 caps for his country, playing his last game March 17 1984 against Wales. He toured South Africa with the British Lions in 1980. He is most noted for his partnership with fellow Tiger Paul Dodge.

Clive Woodward left Xerox in 1985 and emigrated to Australia where he played for Manly. There he learned about Australian rugby which was considered to be at a more advanced developmental stage than that in Britain.

He was offered the post of National Sales Director for Portfolio Leasing- a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. Returning to the UK in 1990 he established his own leasing company, which is still flourishing in spite of his long-term sabbatical into the sporting world!

He returned to the UK in 1990. After a short but successful spell coaching at London Irish, he became assistant coach at the Tigers' arch enemies Bath under Andy Robinson. When Jack Rowell retired as coach of the England team in 1997, Woodward acquired the job almost by default.

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He had the job of transforming the England side from the amateur era into the professional one. He would admit that he made many mistakes in doing so, but attention to detail and gains in experience. His team crashed out of the 1999 World Cup to South Africa and Jannie de Beer's drop goals, and his job was questioned.

The team developed and subsequently won a Grand Slam in 2003 followed by the 2003 World Cup, beating the reigning champions Australia in the final. He was knighted (KBE) in the 2004 New Year's honours.

He was subsequently hired to manage the 2005 British and Irish Lions to New Zealand.

On the rugby front, Clive played his club rugby for the Leicester Tigers and enjoyed considerable representative success with England (capped 21 times) and the British Lions (Toured 1980 and 1983). In addition whilst working in Australia, Clive captained the Sydney Premier Grade side Manly.

Following an outstanding career on the field, Clive turned his attention to coaching. He successfully presided over Henley RFC during their unprecedented success in the early 1990ís where they gained 3 promotions in as many years.

He followed this with coaching positions at Premiership clubs London Irish and Bath. During his spell at Bath, Clive was offered the opportunity of becoming the first ever full time National English Rugby Coach. He has held that position since 1997.

Under Clive Woodward's tutelage England plays a brand of Rugby hitherto unseen in the Northern Hemisphere.

In November 2003 he achieved his ultimate objective of seeing England crowned Rugby World Champions after a dramatic final against Australia.

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