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What do England Rugby legends past and present know about winning?

England made it three wins out of three Autumn International games with a succession of late tries against Samoa last weekend, ending their final game of the 2017 season on a high.

Following their perfect autumn campaign, Eddie Jones became the first England coach since Sir Clive Woodward to be named World Rugby Coach of the Year at the annual World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. Jones dedicated the award to the England players, hailing their efforts and declaring it a sign that the team are moving in the right direction to emulate Woodward’s World Cup winners. When asked what the secret of his success was since taking charge after England crashed out of their own World Cup in 2015, Jones said he took the job as he saw potential in the England team who have risen from eighth in the world rankings in 2015 to second behind the All Blacks.

Humphrey Walters, who hosted our recent STH Live Business Breakfast, knows a thing or two about leadership and the “power of winning”, which was tested during his time at sea sailing around the world and working with Sir Clive Woodward and the England Rugby team.

Woodward called upon Walters, a leadership management advisor, to bring a new perspective to the England set-up, which led them back to question “what is our cause?” In 1997 at Manor Inn they answered that question with the simple line; “our duty is to inspire the nation”. And that they did, lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in Australia in 2003.

Following his keynote speech on leadership and the power of winning at our STH Live Business Breakfast to celebrate two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2019™, Humphrey chaired a panel discussion with World Cup winner Ben Kay MBE and current England international and British & Irish Lions star Anthony Watson.

What are they proud of, how do they bounce back and what have they learned playing in high performance teams? Take a look at our highlights video to find out.

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