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Maggie Alphonsi

Maggie Alphonsi

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Maggie Alphonsi MBE is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet!


Maggie Alphonsi MBE is an English women's rugby player who plays as a flanker for Saracens W.R.F.C. and England. She is of African-Caribbean descent. She was Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2010.


Before announcing her international retirement in 2014, Maggie Alphonsi represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for thefirst time in 20 years and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year.

Through her England rugby career she has become a household rugby name but also a media professional, commentating on live rugby matches for SKY Sports and the BBC, as well as featuring on a number of national media platforms, including outlets as diverse as the Sunday Times, Stella Magazine, the Sun and BBC’s Children in Need (Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir).

She was part of ITV’s Rugby World Cup broadcast line-up. Her inclusion made her the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby. 

Maggie is also an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Delivering to a wide variety of audiences, from corporate businesses, to sports events or going into schools to inspire the next generation, Maggie has a story you want to hear.

From South East London, Maggie has taken her education as seriously as her rugby obtaining a MSc in Sports & Exercise at Roehampton University, a BSc in the same subjects at De Montfort University and a BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies at Hertford Regional College. Additionally, she has been awarded a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.

Speaker Topics Include:

  • Leadership
  • Understanding pressure
  • The psychology of winning
  • Transferring skills
  • Pressure management
  • Working in a male environment
  • Mentoring and Coaching Performance mind-sets
  • Pitch to Boardroom
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Challenging perceptions

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Maggie is an amazing speaker, incredibly authentic and very relatable. She related all her stories back to a business context which was powerful.

White & Case LLP