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Sarah Hunter MBE

Sarah Hunter is England's most capped rugby player. She led her team to the World Cup final in 2022, showcasing her leadership on a global stage. Honoured with an MBE and multiple awards for her contributions to rugby, she retired in 2023 to join the England Red Roses coaching team, continuing her influential role in the sport.

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About Sarah Hunter MBE

Sarah is England’s most capped player of all time, in men and women’s rugby. She reached this huge milestone on rugby’s greatest stage, at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022.

And at that World Cup, the England captain went on to lead her team to final where the Red Roses came up agonisingly short against the hosts in one of rugby’s greatest games. England’s efforts did not go unnoticed though with a record breaking crowd of 40,000 people at Eden Park, and 1.7million people in the UK watching on television.

Sarah is a stalwart of English Rugby, underlined once again when she made her fourth World Cup final appearance. 2014 was the crowning moment though, when England defeated Canada in the final to become World Champions.

With that win, came the honours and England became the first ever female team to win the coveted BBC Sports Personality Team of the
Year award. Sarah was also recognised for her Services to Rugby with a MBE that year, and she continues to be a leading inspirational role model for the women’s and girls’ game.

Sarah was England captain for seven years and during her tenure she led England to four 6 Nations Grand Slam titles. She has been
named England’s Player of the Year by the Rugby Players’ Association and World Rugby’s Player of the Year. Sarah retired from rugby in 2023 in front of a sell out crowd at her home stadium of Kingston Park. She is now part of the England Red Roses coaching team.

Sarah started out playing rugby league as a nine-year-old at Goathland Primary School, and studied Sports Science and Mathematics at
Loughborough University. Sarah, who was born in North Shields, worked as RFU University Rugby Development Officer before she moved to Loughborough Lightning to take up at playercoach role.

Sarah is an excellent motivational speaker and is well versed in delivering to a vast array of audiences, on subjects as diverse as leadership, understanding pressure, the psychology of winning, working in a male dominated environment and challenging perceptions.

To book Sarah Hunter contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email enquiries@thespeakersagency.com

Speech Topics
  • Leadership
  • Understanding pressure
  • The psychology of winning
  • Working in a male environment
  • Challenging perceptions
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Testimonials

"I was blown away and inspired listening to the ups and downs of  Sarah’s rugby career while balancing all the other aspects of her life. I have listened to a lot of motivational speakers and Sarah is the best by far, which was mirrored by the feedback I received from the graduates attending the Santander's Graduate welcome event. The honesty of the experiences & the links to the corporate world & Banking were made very clearly & appropriately to help the guests understand that they would be facing similar journey."

Santander UK

"Sarah was part of our Women in Society event and she was a fantastic addition to our speaker line-up. Sarah went down extremely well and set the standard very high from the beginning. I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Telefónica UK Limited

"It was brilliant to have Sarah at the Barnes RFC Annual City Lunch. Sarah is a natural presenter and the audience were blown away by her charm, humour and genuine passion for all things rugby and people. It was a joy to welcome her into the Barnes family, and it was pretty amazing for a room of 500 to rise as one and celebrate her talent."

Pink Rhino Consulting

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