Martin Johnson is a former Rugby Union footballer whose outstanding career with the Leicester Tigers ultimately led to his captaining the England team. The highlight of his career was captaining England to victory over Australia in the 2003 World Cup, becoming the first Rugby Union player from a Northern Hemisphere side to captain his team to a World Cup triumph. Martin also led the England team to their Grand Slam victory in the 2002/3 Six Nations Championship, their first Grand Slam since 1995.
Regarded as one of the greatest locks to have ever played, he toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, becoming the only man to have captained them on two separate tours. In 2008, he was appointed England team manager, a role he held until retiring in 2011.
Martin moved to New Zealand in 1989 where he played for King's Country and after two seasons represented the All Black's at U21 level. He was asked back to the UK by his then girlfriend, now wife Kay, and his playing days with the Leicester Tigers took off - culminating in his leading the Tigers to back-to back Heineken Cup victories and winning the league six times.
Martin was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at the International Rugby Board (IRB) Awards in Auckland in 2011, the year he retired. After retiring, he quickly established himself as a superb Motivational and After-dinner Speaker. His unparalleled leadership skills as a rugby player and manager translate through to powerful Motivational Speeches, in which he helps audiences to identify their own leadership skills and use them for specific purposes, whether it is directing their career paths, functioning as a key member of a team or leading others to attain higher, more rewarding results.
Martin is also an expert on the history of Rugby Union, having written a book on the subject. Entitled Rugby and All That, it traces the story of amateur rugby, starting from the moment when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball at Rugby School during a game of soccer in the 19th Century, through to the world of Rugby Union at the top professional level in the 21st Century. In his speeches, Martin offers audiences considerable insight into the game of rugby and the forces behind his own success both on and off the pitch, delivered with charm and a well placed sense of humour.
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