Will Carling

Will Carling

Will Carling led England's revival in the late-1980s to become a world force. 

After being appointed captain of his country in 1988, Will became England’s longest-serving and most successful skipper ever. 

He captained England for 59 Tests, winning 44 of them. His leadership qualities ensured England dominated the Five Nations in the first-half of the 1990s completing Grand Slams in 1990, 1991 and 1995, plus a further Championship with Triple Crown in 1996.  


Will led England to the World Cup final in 1991 and the semi-finals four years later. The Harlequins centre was selected for the 1993 Lions tour and played in one Test. 

Since retiring, Will has gone on to be a pundit for ITV Sport, including their coverage of the 2003 World Cup and is a popular after dinner and motivational speaker, addressing companies around the country on leadership and team work.

He is married with children, and lives in Hampshire.