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 Saracens 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.
To both the England and Saracens teams Richard showed immense dedication and commitment throughout his career. Shunning lucrative offers elsewhere Hill chose to remain at Saracens for his entire professional career, showing a sense of honour unusual in these times.
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, first-hand 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.
With his acute awareness of the direct link between sport and business he can share expertise and in-depth knowledge on the following areas:
- Managing Change
"Richard Hill spoke to our Annual Review meeting just after the World Cup victory. He held the attention of the room from beginning to end. He managed to combine inspiration with humility and gave us some great tips for successful teamwork. A true leader - why was he not captain of England?" - The Pentland Group (Among Pentland's brands are Speedo, Ellesse, Kickers, Berghaus, Mitre and Red or Dead)
"The Financial Times has worked with Richard Hill for the past season, throughout the Rugby World Cup and the Six Nations Championship. I have always found him to be accommodating, courteous and professional, sensitive to our needs and deadlines as well very personable, and have enjoyed all dealings with him." - Financial Times
"In December last year Richard made a surprise guest appearance at the Growing Business Awards which we host each year at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. It was in the week following the World Cup triumph in Australia. The reception he received from 800 captains of industry was truly amazing and thoroughly deserved. What a professional in every sense. It is easy to see why Richard is so popular. He was on time, nothing was too much trouble, despite the fact that we kept him waiting in reception to preserve the surprise element." - Mike Bokiae, Chief Executive, Caspian Publishing
"Richard Hill is a true club man, and a one club man at that. He has made well over 200 appearances for the club that he has been a part of since his teens. We all know what he can do on the pitch, but off it he continues to be a true team player and one that cares about what goes on around him. Working with him, I find him truly professional in all he does and extremely humble." - Saracens Team Manager