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Sean Fitzpatrick

Chairman

Laureus World Sports Academy

London, UK

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Sean’s 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,...
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, have 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 collection 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.
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Sean’s Newsfeed

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Developing Mandela’s Sporting Legacy: Laureus Sport For Good Tracks Global Progress

Laureus Chairman and New Zealand Rugby Legend, Sean Fitzpatrick, has expressed his delight with the results of the Laureus Sport for Good Impact Review announced on the birthday of former Patron Nelson Mandela, who declared that sport has the power to change the world.

Laureus Foundation
Laureus Creates 'Sport for Peace Fund' to Help Victims of the Ukraine War

Chairman of the Laureus Academy, Sean Fitzpatrick, said that the Laureus Sports for Peace Humanitarian Fund will enable the organisation to partner with leading relief agencies to provide essential aid to victims of the war in Ukraine.

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Sean’s Background

Laureus World Sports Academy
Chairman
May 2016 - Present
London, UK
The Laureus World Sports Academy is headed by Sean, and members meet annually to vote for the Laureus Sports Awards winners. The awards are regarded as the most prestigious in global sport. Sport for Good initiatives are another way for Academy members to engage with and inspire young people.
Sky Sports
Rugby Pundit
London, UK
Sky Sports offers a range of British subscription television channels and takes the lead in sports broadcasting throughout the UK and Ireland. Operated by Sky since 1990, Sky Sports has played a key role in the commercialisation of sport, inspiring the formation of the Premier League.
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Sean’s Gallery

Advisory Roles

Whisper TV
Advisory Board Member
Feb 2021 - Present
Sean leads on new business opportunities for Whisper in Australasia. Whisper TV produces the Women’s Six Nations for the BBC, works with the Welsh Rugby Union and its social channels and produced the 2019 Rugby World Cup for S4C. The company is in a Partnership with World Rugby as their digital video and audio producer.

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 established in 1866 as Hampstead Football Club and rebranded in 1870. Rugby Football Union founding members, "Quins", as they are nicknamed, won the European Challenge Cup in 2011 and a first Premiership title in 2012. The team contests its home games 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
Previously branded the IRB Hall of Fame, the World Rugby Hall of Fame honours those who have contributed significantly to rugby union. Held on an annual basis since 2010, the institution recognises players, match officials, administrators, coaches and other individuals. Its main hub is situated in Rugby, Warwickshire, where the sport's origins can be traced back to.

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.

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