One of the all-time Rugby legends, Lawrence Dallaglio reflects on how the collective achievements he experienced in both the England national team and with London Wasps are the moments that remain his fondest, following one of the longest professional and most spectacular of Rugby careers. Lawrence discusses his reasons for joining Wasps and his emotional attachment to the club. Even though opportunities were available for him to move to other clubs in the UK and overseas during his career, he remained loyal throughout his 18 years at the London based side.
With his career having spanned over both the amateur and professional eras, Lawrence speaks about the transformation he experienced during this historic period. Hard work physically, mentally and emotionally is what Lawrence says allowed him to have such a long career, while approaching injuries with a positive mindset and other interests to fall back on also assisted him staying in Rugby for so many years. Lawrence admits that he was excited for his transition into life after Rugby upon retirement in 2008, as he put the necessary plans in place a couple of years before hanging up his boots. He adds that having a number of career interests in business made it easier to settle on one, once he had a few months to “decompress” after playing Rugby at such a high level.
Lawrence talks about his current role of founder Partner at BBH Sport and how his business is a creative marketing agency where they harness the unique power of sport to help build brands. Working as a team with strong qualities and skills as an individual, as well as quick decision making, being results driven and having positive interactions with people are some of the traits Lawrence says he has taken from Rugby and implements in his business life.
“With success comes responsibility” Lawrence firmly believes in and is the driving force being the incredible charity work he does through his foundation formed in 2008 and ‘Dallaglio Rugby Works’, which assists young disadvantaged people, who have been excluded from mainstream education and by using the values of Rugby, take them on a three year journey to get them into fulltime education and employment. Lawrence mentions why the Dallaglio Foundation is a charity partner of The Rugby Business Network, as they both use the same values of Rugby, are support systems and a means of collaborating with other people, which makes it a perfect match. He also elaborates on how his foundation welcomes all types of support from businesses, from financial assistance to helping run workshops.
“Sport is a results driven business and you are judged based on what you have achieved. It’s about the ability to get the best out of yourself, which is really important, but also to get the best out of others and out of your colleagues. That’s really interesting when you switch from the sport field to business, it’s about having a clear understand of what you want to achieve.” – Lawrence Dallaglio (Founder Partner at BBH Sport / Former England Captain)