A former rugby union player who played as a flanker for Saracens W.R.F.C. and England, prior to 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.
The then face of international women's rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women's team sports, Maggie was a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years and part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year.
In 2016, Maggie made history by becoming the first England Women’s player to be elected as a National Member of the Rugby Football Union’s Council. Maggie is one of just six females on the 56-strong Council and her role is to be a person of experience and influence in the Game, which includes a leading role in the Diversity & Inclusion steering Group.
Through her England rugby career Maggie Alphonsi has not only become a household rugby name but also a media professional, commentating on live rugby matches for SKY Sports, BT Sport and the BBC. In 2015 she became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby when she was signed up by ITV for the Rugby World Cup, and she continues to work with ITV Sport across their rugby coverage.
Maggie is also the first ever former female player to become a columnist for a national newspaper, and you can regularly read her thoughts and opinions in The Telegraph.
Born in Lewisham, south London to Nigerian parents, Maggie was born with club foot, which she had to overcome in order to play rugby. She 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.
She was also awarded a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire. She now works as an Athlete Mentor Manager for the Youth Sports Trust.
An excellent public speaker, Maggie Alphonsi is highly qualified to share her experiences through motivational keynote presentations. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don't need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male-dominated sport.