Lawrence Dallaglio is regarded as one of the world’s greatest back row forwards and a colossus on and off the rugby pitch over an 18 year playing career. He was an integral member of England’s Rugby World Cup winning side in 2003 and a legend of the game with Wasps and the British Lions. Today he inspires rugby hopefuls as an Ambassador for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and heads The Dallaglio Foundation, an organisation that raises large sums of money for many different charitable causes.
Lawrence though tough on the field hid his personal loss. In 1989, he had lost his sister Francesca to the Marchioness tragedy on the River Thames in London. In 2008, his mother, whom he refers to as ‘his rock’, succumbed to cancer. But the former rugby player is unfazed. When fulfilling his duties as motivational speaker, Lawrence goes through the painful process all over again as he shares how all these experiences played a part in bringing him to his present success.
The day Dallaglio officially retired he was playing in the 2008 Guinness Premiership Final. He won his last match to a standing ovation with his Wasps team in front of a world record attendance for a club match at Twickenham. Since then Dallaglio has focused on charitable causes and working as a TV rugby pundit. His foundation has raised over £10 million for causes including Help for Heroes, Sport Relief, Great Ormond St children’s hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2014, Lawrence led third ‘Dallaglio Cycle Slam’ from Treviso in Italy cycling 2,300km to Twickenham Stadium raising over £650,000 for the Dallaglio Foundation’s rugby programme and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Lawrence is a remarkable character best known for his success as a player but with a lot more to him both before and after rugby as this short biography reads.
"A true gentleman who bends over backwards to make everyone he interacts with feel special"