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Gareth Steenson

Former Premiership Rugby Professional | Leadership Specialist



Gareth Steenson is a distinguished former professional rugby player and coach - a true legend of the game, celebrated for his 16-year association with the Exeter Chiefs. Retiring in 2020 as Exeter’s leading points-scorer of all time, Gareth played a pivotal role in the team’s success, helping them secure a European Champions Cup, two Premiership titles, and three Premiership Rugby Cups—one of which he won as a coach.

His journey began in Northern Ireland, where he faced early rejection by Ulster, fueling his determination to succeed. He moved to England and joined the Cornish Pirates before being signed by the Exeter Chiefs in 2009. Over the years, Gareth became one of the top points-scorers in Premiership history, known for his exceptional kicking prowess and strategic mindset.

His transition from player to coach has been seamless, with Gareth continuing to mentor young talent and foster a culture of high performance and resilience. His deep understanding of team dynamics, coupled with his strategic approach, has allowed him to build and lead cohesive teams both on and off the field. Gareth’s expertise extends beyond the rugby pitch, having engaged extensively with corporate sponsors and stakeholders, providing him with unique insights into the parallels between sports and business success.

What to Expect

His presentations are a dynamic blend of inspiration, practical insights, and authentic engagement. Known for his compelling storytelling, Gareth draws from his rich experiences to deliver talks that are both motivational and actionable.

  • Leadership Strategies: Practical advice on inspiring and empowering teams, enhancing communication, and fostering effective leadership.

  • Team Building Techniques: Insights into creating cohesive, motivated, and high-performing teams, applicable to both corporate and sports environments.

  • Motivational Frameworks: Techniques for maintaining high motivation levels, utilising positive reinforcement, and creating an engaging and supportive team culture.

  • Adaptability and Resilience: Real-world examples and strategies for thriving in dynamic environments, overcoming setbacks, and fostering resilience.

  • Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement: Lessons on applying sports principles to business success, improving strategic planning, and effectively measuring performance.

His presentation style is engaging and relatable, often infused with a touch of humor and personal anecdotes that resonate deeply with audiences. Each talk is tailored to address the specific challenges and needs of his audience, ensuring relevance and impact.


A Lasting Impact 

Gareth’s talks leave a lasting impact on organisations and audiences by providing them with the tools and insights needed to achieve long-term success. His unique ability to connect authentically with diverse audiences ensures that his messages are not only heard but embraced and implemented.

Gareth’s talks appeal to a wide range of audiences, including:

  • Corporate Executives and Leaders: Seeking to enhance leadership skills, strategic planning, and team motivation.

  • Professional Sports Teams and Coaches: Looking to build cohesive teams, improve performance, and foster a winning culture.

  • Educational Institutions: Interested in resilience, adaptability, and motivational strategies for students and staff.

  • Broader Industry Audiences: Aiming to apply sports principles to business success and personal development.

His presentations inspire individuals to strive for excellence while fostering a supportive and collaborative team culture. His actionable strategies and real-world examples equip teams with the confidence and knowledge to overcome challenges, improve performance, and achieve their goals.

Gareth Steenson stands out for his authentic engagement, dynamic presentation style, and the profound impact of his talks. His ability to translate his rich experiences into practical, transformative insights makes him a sought-after speaker who can inspire and empower any audience.


Sports Presenting & Broadcast 

In addition to his speaking engagements, Gareth Steenson is available for sports presenting and broadcast roles.


With his deep knowledge of rugby, charismatic presence, and articulate communication skills, he is a natural fit for sports broadcasting.


His ability to analyse games, provide expert commentary, and engage viewers with insightful and entertaining content makes him an excellent choice for sports media roles.


Gareth Steenson
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Represented by: Tracey Duke

Location: Northern Ireland

Who: Gareth Steenson, a former professional rugby player, now Premiership coach, is celebrated for his 16-year tenure with the Exeter Chiefs. Retiring in 2020 as their leading points-scorer, he played a pivotal role in their success, securing multiple titles. Known for his strategic mindset, Gareth seamlessly transitioned to coaching, mentoring young talent and fostering high-performance cultures. In addition to his speaking engagements, Gareth is available for sports presenting and broadcast roles, offering deep rugby knowledge, charismatic presence, and articulate commentary.

What to Expect: His presentations are a dynamic blend of inspiration, practical insights, and authentic engagement. He delivers leadership strategies, team-building techniques, motivational frameworks, adaptability and resilience tips, and strategic planning lessons. Engaging and relatable, his talks are infused with humour and personal anecdotes, tailored to the audience's specific needs for maximum impact.

Popular With: Corporate Executives and Leaders. Professional Sports Teams and Coaches. Educational Institutions. High Performance Teams. 

Available For: Keynote Talks. Panel Discussions. Q & A Sessions. TV & Media

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