Former English Rugby Union player and Leicester Tigers legend, Graham Rowntree played at Loosehead Prop for both teams and went on to have an illustrious career enjoying success at both domestic and international levels. Graham’s vast experiences as an elite athlete and as part of a coaching team make him one of the most sought after rugby speakers on the after dinner circuit.
Depsite having to compete for international position with the world’s most capped player – Jason Leonard, Graham holds 54 caps for his nation, spanning multiple World Cups, Grand Slams and international tours.
Graham joined the Leicester tigers in 1988, spending his time in the harness of the ‘ABC Club’ with Richard Cockerill and Darren Garforth. Making his first England debut in March 1995 as a replacement for Leonard, Graham secured a place in the 1995 World Cup squad to South Africa.
Graham did not receive another cap for his nation for another two years, until a series of wonderful performances brought him back into the international spotlight. Rowntree was selected for tours of Canada and the US in 2001 and participated in the squad’s Autumn Internationals, a particular highlight being named man of the match for England’s 20-15 victory over Australia.
Despite playing an important role in international fixtures in the run up to the 2003 World Cup, Graham was not selected in the team to take the journey over to Australia. Sir Clive Woodward admitted that leaving Rowntree behind was one of the hardest decisions he had to make in his preparations. Despite this knockback, Rowntree returned for his national side in the 2004 Six Nations with strong performances. Graham’s ability to regain form and prove his worth in a highly competitive environment makes him one of the most compelling sports speakers.
Graham made a final appearance for England against Australia in 2006, before announcing his retirement. Ho became a coaching assistant at his home side, Leicester Tigers before being drafted into the national coaching squad to become an elemental part of the Specialist coaching staff.
Graham’s career has led him to understand the mindset, drive and determination needed to succeed at an elite international level of sporting competition. Graham’s invaluable knowledge bodes well for him a rugby speaker, engaging with audiences and providing the advice needed to achieve their own levels of peak performance.
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