Sir Clive Woodward
BSc in PE and Sports Science, 1978
Hon DTech, 2004
Clive captained Loughborough’s rugby 1st XV before playing for Harlequins, Leicester and Manly (Australia). He won 21 England caps, and toured twice with the British & Irish Lions in the 1980’s.
One of the key reasons Clive chose Loughborough, was to play for head coach Jim Greenwood, a fellow Hall of Fame inductee, and a man widely regarded as a visionary in the game. Not only did Woodward playing career thrive under Greenwood’s tutelage, but he also influenced him greatly later as a coach.
Clive combined a successful business career alongside a developing coaching career, working with Henley Rugby Club, London Irish, Bath and the England Under-21s. In 1997, he was appointed as England Rugby’s first full-time professional Head Coach, masterminding a record breaking sequence of victories culminating with winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final in Australia.
He received a Knighthood in 2004 for services to rugby, and a year later, he joined Southampton FC as Technical Director, later becoming Director of Football – and a fully qualified UEFA football coach.
In 2006, he was invited to join the British Olympic Association as Director of Sport. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Leicester RFC, and is a Corporate Ambassador for the rugby charity, Wooden Spoon.