Corry elected onto RFU council

  • Corry won 64 caps for England
  • Captained both Leicester Tigers and England

Martin Corry has been elected onto the Rugby Football Union council.

Corry joins as a National Member replacing Richard Hill who recently took up the position of England team manager under Eddie Jones.

The former England captain is one of a number of recently-retired internationals who sit on the council including Rugby World Cup winners Jason Leonard and Maggie Alphonsi.

“I’m aware of all the great work the council do and I hope to add to that where relevant," said Corry. "I’m looking forward to being able to add my views and opinion to the phenomenal work they do.”

The former England back-row forward won 64 caps for his country between 1997 and 2007, including 19 as captain. He was a member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad and the team that reached the final of the same tournament four years later.

Corry won seven caps as a British and Irish Lion on the 2001 and 2005 tours of Australia and New Zealand respectively. He won six Premiership titles and two European Cups with Leicester Tigers from 1997 to 2009 and was captain of the club for four years."I felt now was the ideal time to get more heavily involved in the governance of the game."

“When I reflect on my career with England there was some tremendous highs, the World Cup in 2003 obviously being one of them and then almost doing it again in 2007, but then there were some big lows as well," he added.

"I think you need to experience both highs and lows and in terms of experience they’re valuable in equal measure." 

Since retiring in 2009 as a player, Corry has balanced a career as a senior technology sales director with corporate, motivational and ambassadorial roles. He sat on an advisory board for Premiership Rugby working on anti-doping programmes and was a member of the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee.

He now helps coach the under 10s at Market Harborough RFC while still actively being involved in his old club, Tunbridge Wells RFC.

“My involvement with England Rugby stretches back over two decades but that involvement became closer with the RFU in 2005 when I captained England," added Corry.

“I came through the junior rugby club system with Tunbridge Wells and what’s great is that I’m still involved with both the professional game as well as grassroots rugby. It’s something that is close to my heart.

“I’m really proud to be joining the RFU council. It’s something that is really special for me and a way of giving back to the game. When I played, the game was great to me and now I’d like to make the most of my experience by sharing it.

“I feel like I’m still current and in touch with how the professional players are feeling but as I said I still have an involvement at grassroots level.

“Since retiring from rugby in 2009 I’ve moved into business focusing on technology. I’ve stayed involved with rugby and I felt now was the ideal time to get more heavily involved in the governance of the game."