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Karl Dickson

Karl Dickson is a renowned figure in rugby, has excelled as both a former England and Harlequins player and a professional Rugby Union referee. His refereeing career peaked at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, officiating the Wales-Argentina quarter-final and assisting in the final. Beginning his career with Bedford Blues and making 107 appearances, Karl later joined Harlequins, contributing to their 2012 Premiership victory in 169 games.


About Karl Dickson

Having begun his professional rugby journey with Bedford Blues, Karl Dickson manned the number 9 shirt and dictated play for 107 appearances before catching the attention of London club, Harlequins, who he signed for in 2009. Over the course of his time with Harlequins, Karl contributed significantly to the team’s success, notching an impressive 169 appearances. Notably, he shared the scrum half responsibilities with Danny Care and played a pivotal role in the 2012 Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers.

While Karl concluded his professional playing career in 2017, he demonstrated an enduring passion for the sport by seamlessly transitioning to a new chapter. In a move that reflected his commitment to the game, he announced his affiliation with the Rugby Football Union’s Professional Game Match Officials Team (PGMOT). Embracing the challenges of his new role, Karl’s dedication and hard work swiftly earned him admiration and respect from players and fans alike.

Karl’s unique perspective, stemming from his experiences as both a player and a referee, affords him an unparalleled understanding of rugby. This dual insight has contributed to his popularity and standing as a highly respected figure in the rugby community and saw his journey reach a pinnacle in 2023 when he achieved every referee’s aspiration – officiating key matches in a Rugby World Cup.

To book Karl Dickson as a speaker, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Karl Dicksons’ speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Pressure
  • Physical/mental health
  • Setbacks/adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • High performance
  • Communication
  • Confidence
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