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Charlie Hodgson

Former Professional England Rugby Player | European & Premiership Championship Winner



Considered to be one of greatest players to ever play for England and Premiership Rugby, Charlie Hodgson is a name synonymous with elite performance at the pinnacle of professional sport. His illustrious career, spanning 16 years, stands as a testament to his extraordinary skill and acumen.


Charlie’s professional rugby journey began in August 2000 with Sale Sharks, where he quickly rose to prominence as the team’s fly-half. Voted player of the season three times in ’08, ’09, and ’10, his time with one of England’s premier clubs culminated in winning the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership trophy in 2006. 


His England debut came soon after the start of his professional journey, in November ’01.  It was a game-changing moment that launched an enviable international career and secured 38 caps, including a British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005. 


In 2011, he made a significant move to Saracens, contributing to their victories in the Premiership in 2015 and 2016, and the European Cup in 2016. Charlie's tenure in professional rugby is distinguished by his record as the highest point scorer in Premiership history, firmly placing him in Rugby’s hall of fame. In 2016 he took retirement from the game to embark on the next phase of his journey.

What to Expect

Charlie brings to the stage a unique blend of authenticity, humility, and insightful storytelling to create an experience that is as engaging as it is insightful. 


Drawing from his rich experiences in high-stakes rugby matches and leadership roles, he engages audiences with compelling narratives that highlight strategic thinking, resilience, and the importance of teamwork. His talks are imbued with lessons learned from leading and being part of elite high-performing teams and from handling pressure with grace.  He brings to life the values of discipline, hard work, and integrity, intertwined with a commitment to continuous personal and professional development.


His presentation style is not just about recounting past glories, although there will be a few stories to tell; it's about imparting practical wisdom and lessons learned from both victories and challenges. Expect a speaker who combines the intensity of a top athlete with the approachability of a seasoned coach.


A Lasting Impact 

Audiences are left with a profound understanding of what it takes to excel in both sports and life, effortlessly instilling a mindset focused on embracing change, cultivating resilience, and the pursuit of continuous improvement.


Charlie’s emphasis on the importance of valuing each step in a journey, asserts that true success is found not only in the moments of triumph but also in the consistent efforts, the lessons learned, and the resilience built along the way. This perspective challenges and reshapes the conventional definition of success, which often focuses narrowly on the end results or the accolades. His approach encourages audiences to appreciate the entire process – including the setbacks and the small victories – as integral components of success. By doing so, he inspires a more holistic, sustainable, and fulfilling vision of achievement, one that recognises personal growth, team collaboration, and the journey itself as equally valuable as the ultimate goals. 


This message is particularly impactful in fast-paced and result-oriented environments, offering a refreshing and more grounded approach to personal and professional development. His personal story of transition from an elite sports career to thriving in new professional landscapes makes his insights invaluable for organisations and individuals navigating through periods of transformation and seeking to foster a culture of high performance and adaptability.

Quick Look 
Charlie Hodgson

Represented by: Tracey Duke

Location: London, England

Who: Charlie Hodgson is a renowned former English rugby union player, celebrated for his prowess as a fly-half. With a career spanning 16 years, he is the highest point scorer in Premiership history and arguably one of the best players ever to play at club and international level. 

What to Expect: Expect an engaging and insightful presentation which combines his rich rugby experiences with lessons in leadership and resilience. He captivates audiences with his authentic storytelling, focusing on strategic thinking, embracing change, and the importance of a positive mindset in both personal and professional growth.

Lasting Impact. Charlie leaves his audiences with a profound understanding of resilience and adaptability. His narrative reshapes the conventional definition of success, emphasising the value of every step in a journey. His insights inspire a holistic approach to challenges, fostering a culture of growth and adaptability in personal and professional realms.

Available for: Keynote Talks. Panel Discussions. Guest Lecturing. Media Appearances. 

Popular With: Sports Organisations. Corporate Businesses. Start-Ups. Professional Development Conferences. Sports Management and Marketing Companies. 


What They're Saying...

Charlie presented to our team at our 20 year anniversary and was extremely thought provoking. As I am a big rugby fan, I was concerned about his appeal to the wider audience within our business - I didn't need to be concerned. For someone who has been so successful at the top of the rugby union profession, he is a very humble man who fitted in right away.  I won't spoil his presentation (you need to hear it) but we learnt a great deal and we have now implemented some of those "golden nuggets" about high performance team work, into our every day business activities. Thank you Charlie - very thought provoking!

AI  Corporation - October '23

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