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Sean Fitzpatrick

Chairman

Laureus World Sports Academy

London, UK

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Biography

Sean Fitzpatrick is widely considered to be one of the greatest rugby players of all time. A dominant presence at the position of hooker, and renowned for his consistent all-encompassing displays, his remarkable durability saw him accumulate a world record 63 consecutive test appearances for New Zealand.

An outstanding and highly-regarded public speaker, Sean provides motivational and leadership advice, with insights from his rugby and media careers.

During a long and glittering career, Sean featured at club and international level, for Auckland and the All Blacks respectively. He won countless accolades on both fronts, including 8 National Provincial Championships and a World Cup. Six years into his professional career, Fitzpatrick was bestowed the honour of the New Zealand captaincy, serving as leader of one of the world’s finest sports teams. Sean remained in the post until his retirement in 1997 and is lauded as one of New Zealand’s top 10 players in history.

At the climax of his playing days, Sean’s significant experience was in high demand and his multiple punditry roles, appearing on rugby broadcasts for ITV Sport and Sky Sports, has seen him cover every World Cup since 1999. Fitzpatrick also authored Winning Matters, a fascinating glimpse into how he achieved his success.

Transitioning into the business world and drawing upon the plethora of principles and values garnered throughout his career, Fitzpatrick operates a sport-to-business leadership company. Implementing a variety of individual presentations and longer-term strategies, Sean highlights his core principles to corporate executive management, striving to achieve a winning mentality. He also serves as chairman for Laureus World Sports Academy, a renowned membership of sporting greats.

A genuine rugby icon, Sean is on the board for high stature clubs, Harlequins and Scarlets.

He was granted New Zealand's Order of Merit in 1997 for services to rugby.

Sean’s Newsfeed

Ruck
Sean Fitzpatrick’s All-Time XV: No Cullen or Wilkinson

All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick picks his greatest XV rugby union team of all time, but there is no room in his selection for Christian Cullen, Shane Williams, Alun Wyn Jones or Jonny Wilkinson. 

Sky Sports
Sean Fitzpatrick: Rugby clubs will collapse without crowds

Former All Blacks captain and Rugby World Cup winner Sean Fitzpatrick tells Sky Sports that rugby clubs will collapse if crowds do not return soon....

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Sean’s Background

Laureus World Sports Academy
Chairman
May 2016 - Present
London, UK
The Laureus World Sports Academy is a group of sporting legends. Under the stewardship of Sean Fitzpatrick, members come together on an annual basis to vote for the winners of the Laureus Sports awards, the most prestigious in global sport. Academy members regularly participate in Sport for Good initiatives, aiming to inspire young people through playing sport.
Sky Sports
Rugby Pundit
London, UK
Sky plc is a Pan-European satellite broadcasting, on-demand internet streaming media, broadband and telephone services company with its headquarters in London. Formed in 1990, Sky is Europe's largest media company, boasting 23 million subscribers and more than 31,000 employees in 2019.
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Sean’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Scarlets
Board Member
Jul 2020 - Present
Llanelli, UK
Established in 2003 and nicknamed The Turks, Scarlets are one of four Welsh professional rugby union teams. They play in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup and home games are contested at the Parc y Scarlets stadium.
Harlequins RFC
Board Member
London, UK
Harlequins was founded in 1866 (although the first recorded game was not until 1867) as Hampstead Football Club and renamed in 1870. Founding members of the Rugby Football Union, "Quins", as they are affectionately known, won the European Challenge Cup in 2011 and a historic first Premiership title in 2012. The team plays its home matches at Twickenham Stoop, London.

Media

Oxford Union
Media Appearance - "Sean Fitzpatrick - Full
Jun 2019
Oxford, UK
Widely regarded as one of the best rugby players in the history of the game, Sean Fitzpatrick joined the All Blacks in 1986 and played 63 consecutive test matches, a world record. Here he tells his story at the Oxford Union, the world's most prestigious debating society. The Union has promoted global debate since 1823.
Startups
Blog - "7 front row leadership lessons from All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick"
Feb 2019
London, UK
Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick highlights the key principles to winning in business and why success matters.

Publications

Winning Matters: Being the best you can be
Author
Jun 2011
London, UK
One of the best rugby players ever, playing for the best team on the planet in the All Blacks, Sean Fitzpatrick was a renowned leader and all action contributor throughout his career. Playing a record 51 games at captain for New Zealand, Fitzpatrick's legacy will never wane. Winning Matters affords the reader an invaluable opportunity to discover the beliefs and principles that made him tick.

Awards & Endorsements

New Zealand New Year Honours
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Jan 1997
Auckland, NZ
Sean was appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 1997 New Years Honours for services to rugby.
World Rugby Hall of Fame
Inductee
Nov 2014
Rugby, UK
Formerly the IRB Hall of Fame, the World Rugby Hall of Fame enshrines those who have contributed significantly to the game of rugby union. Held annually since 2010, the institution covers players, match officials, administrators, coaches and other individuals. Its physical presence is situated in Rugby, Warwickshire, where the sport originated

Charitable Interests

Just Challenge
Ambassador
Hong Kong, HK
Just Challenge teams up with the world's leading sports stars, corporates and charities to organise challenges that raise a significant amount of money for charity. Clients have ranged from Arsenal Footbal Club to HSBC and AIG. The charity has raised almost £2 million and is endorsed by sporting greats including Sean Fitzpatrick, Brian O'Driscoll and Michael Vaughan.