Rugby World Cup winner Richard Hill is one of the world’s greatest back row players, a reputation he firmly cemented with inspirational performances throughout his international career. Known as the ‘Silent Assassin’ Richard had the unique ability to perform at a consistently high level for both his club and for his country, proving himself the ultimate professional.
Hill appeared in every England squad from the U-16 level onwards before making his senior debut in 1997 against Scotland. Within only a few months of his debut and having won only 4 full caps, he became a British Lion, a feat he was to repeat in 2001 and 2005.
By the end of an illustrious professional career Richard had amassed 71 caps for his country. The pinnacle of his career came in 2003 with the defeat of Australia in the World Cup final. For many Hill was the heartbeat of the England team during the modern era, he was the only player never to be dropped during Clive Woodward’s reign and at his peak his name was the first to go down on a world XV team-sheet.
Post career Richard went on to work at Saracens in business development, community outreach and as Academy Coach and Mentor. Since 2008 Richard has been at the heart of the England set up with a seat on the RFU Council acting as a consultant, but in June 2014 he was appointed RFU Player Pathway Liaison Manager where he played an important role with England’s international performance coaches to help identify, mentor and develop young players both on and off the field.
In September 2016, Richard joined the senior England set up as Team Manager where his responsibilities are to manage internal and external relationships, but also to continue to mentor and guide the senior players as well as utilising his experience to develop the management team.
As former England coach Brian Ashton said ‘Richard personifies everything that is good about a professional rugby player’.
Following his retirement due to a continuing knee injury in May 2008, Richard has become a highly sought after for keynote and after dinner speeches and Q & A sessions.
Whatever the occasion, whoever the audience, Richard’s honest approach, humorous stories, firsthand experiences and advice is not just for the rugby fan. They are ideal for those who wish to learn about being the best, fulfilling potential and inspiring those around them.