Margaret Alphonsi MBE

England Rugby World Cup Winner

First female to commentate on men’s international rugby

Maggie Alphonsi is arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports across the globe.

Before announcing her retirement from international rugby 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 rugby name but also a media professional, commentating on live rugby matches for SKY Sports and the BBC, as well as featuring on a number of national media platforms, including outlets as diverse as the Sunday Times, Stella Magazine, the Sun and BBC’s Children in Need (Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir).

In 2015 she was part of ITV’s men’s Rugby World Cup broadcast line-up which made her the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby and in 2017 was a regular in the studio for ITV’s extensive coverage of the Women’s World Cup. Maggie has continued working with ITV across their rugby broadcasts and in 2019 was an integral part of their men’s World Cup coverage. She has been continuing to blaze a trail in the media world presenting features on popular programmes such as BBC’s The One Show and appearing on daytime television including ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Maggie also has a regular opinion piece with the Telegraph newspaper and is often called upon by the wider media to provide expert analysis and comment.

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 an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.

Maggie can talk with great experience on topics ranging from understanding and coping with pressure to the psychology or winning, working within a male dominated and challenging perceptions. Maggie will inspire, motivate, challenge and inform any audience regardless of background.


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