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Sir Clive Woodward on England's chances at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and life in Berkshire

PUBLISHED: 16:13 10 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:16 10 April 2019

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward


He managed the England team to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. This year, Sir Clive Woodward will be on our screens covering the Rugby World Cup in Japan. We caught up with him to hear how he thinks England will fare

Tell me about you and your family and where you live…

I came back from Australia in 1989 and moved to Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead. My wife, Jayne, and I knew the area well as I used to coach at Henley and also spent a lot of time at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. After exploring the area some more, we discovered Cookham and moved to the village in 1994. We brought up our three children in Cookham, who are now 32, 30 and 24, and have been happy living here ever since.

What do you love most about the local area?

We love living so close to the River Thames in Cookham. We have two dogs, a chocolate Labrador and a Norfolk terrier, and we have so many great walks on our doorstep. We are also within walking distance of the train station, so I can commute into London easily. Our children also now live in London so we can see them often. There are so many good restaurants and pubs we can walk out to in the village.

What’s your best local discovery?

I’d have to pick Cliveden. I’m a member of the gym up there and I also walk the dogs through the unspoilt Cliveden woods. I call it Clive’s Den! Get it? It’s such a lovely place. We also like to eat out at the Bel & the Dragon on Cookham High Street. Actually, we like all the restaurants – the Peking Inn, Maliks... we are spoilt for choice! Another favourite of ours is The Waterside Inn in Bray; it’s a bit special.

What sport do you play these days?

I play golf now and take that very seriously. I play at The Lambourne Golf Club in Burnham, which is really nice.

Do you think there are enough opportunities in Berkshire for young people to get active and involved in sport?

Yes, I think so! My three children were all brought up in Berkshire and got to play a lot of sport. They are all very sporty in their own way; football, rugby, swimming, lacrosse…

You are a popular and respected commentator for both ITV Sport and Sky Sport’s rugby coverage… Do you love doing this?

I really enjoy the media side of things. I’ve been enjoying covering the Six Nations Championship and am looking forward to going out to Japan with ITV Sport for the Rugby World Cup, as well as working with Sky Sports for the build-up games. I’m hoping England has every chance of winning the World Cup this year. I shall be going out there for the tournament. Hopefully Jayne and I will also get some time to explore Japan.

You also run various other businesses… tell us more

In 2012 I set up Hive Learning, which is a digital learning company that helps teams and organisations put learning into action. I also enjoy working with executives in the corporate world and regularly speak at events and run coaching programmes and workshops for businesses.

You have a reputation as an innovative leader. Can you give any top tips for leadership for people in business?

I think the key to leadership is recognising that you as the leader don’t need to have all the ideas. I know I’m actually not very good at coming up with new ideas. What I am good at is listening to other people, recognising what a good idea is and then making it happen. So to me the art of leadership is in listening and empowering all the people in your team to contribute.

What’s your motto in life?

Work hard, play hard. Also, you never lose, you either win or you learn.

Who or what inspires you?

My big drive is my family. They’re very important to me.



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