The former All Blacks captain led his team to success over the British Lions and a clean sweep in the inaugural Tri-Nations tournament. His proudest moment came when he led his team to victory in the first ever Rugby World Cup. Sean talks about benchmarking against the world’s best and encourages an attitude of continuous learning.


Sean Fitzpatrick is one of the greatest international rugby players of all time and one of the most successful sportsmen over the last twenty years.

He holds the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches for the New Zealand All Blacks and is the world’s most capped hooker. His extraordinary international career began with his debut for the All Blacks in 1986 against France. He was appointed captain of the All Blacks six years later and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches, a New Zealand record. Sean also holds the record for most Test matches as an All Black captain (51) and has played in more Test match victories (74) than any other player.

Sean led New Zealand to a series win over the touring British Lions and also led the team to a clean sweep in the first Tri-Nations tournament. He became the first New Zealander to captain a Test series win in South Africa.
Only a year after his international debut, Sean took part in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in which he enjoyed one of his best-ever rugby moments as the All Blacks went on to win the tournament final in Auckland against France. Thereafter, he missed only two Test matches over the next decade and went on to become the second-most capped New Zealand player of all time.

Since retirement Sean has been a regular commentator on Sky and ITV’s international coverage and has co-founded his own motivation and leadership consultancy. Having been a key player and captain of such a successful international team Sean is vastly experienced in what it takes to be the best. He is an outstanding speaker on motivation and teambuilding as well as on the lighter side of the sport. He speaks about achieving success and how organisations should measure themselves against the competition, and the importance of continual learning and development within companies and individuals.

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