Margaret Alphonsi MBE
England Rugby World Cup Winner
Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet!
Before announcing her international retirement in 2014, she represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year.
Through her England rugby career she has become a household name but also a media professional, and since retiring she has commentated on live rugby matches for SKY Sports, BT Sport and the BBC. In 2015 she became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby when she was signed up by ITV for the Rugby World Cup, and now she is working for ITV Sport on their RBS 6 Nations coverage
Most recently, Maggie also made history by becoming the first ever former female player to be elected as a National Member of the Rugby Football Union’s Council. Her role is to be a person of experience and influence in the Game.
Maggie is also an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don’t need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport.
From South East London, Maggie has taken her education as seriously as her rugby obtaining a MSc in Sports & Exercise at Roehampton University, a BSc in the same subjects at De Montfort University and a BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies at Hertford Regional College. Additionally, she has been awarded a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.
- 2016: Inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame
- 2016: First ever former female player to be elected to the Council of the Rugby Football Union
- 2016: Member of the ITV Six Nations broadcast team
- 2015: First former female player ever to be part of a broadcast team for a men’s Rugby World Cup
- 2015: Rugby World Cup Ambassador
- 2014: BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year winner
- 2014: Number One single with Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir (Children in Need)
- 2014: Rugby World Cup winner
- 2012: Awarded an MBE for Services to Rugby
- 2012: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2011: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2011: Rugby Union Writers Club Player of the Year. Maggie became the first woman to win this prize in its 50-year history.
- 2010: Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year
- 2010: Rugby World Cup runner-up
- 2010: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2009: Rugby World Cup Sevens Plate winner
- 2009: Six Nations winner
- 2008: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2007: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2006: IRB Women’s Rugby Player of the year
- 2006: Rugby World Cup runner-up
- 2006: Six Nations Grand Slam winner
- 2003: England debut