Austin is a former rugby union player who represented Leicester Tigers, England and The British Lions at scrum half, fly half, fullback and wing. He announced his retirement from the pitch in 2005/06, Austin announced a new career in banking and has since provided punditry for the BBC, Sky Sports and BT Sport. Having taken part in the popular BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, Austin’s entertaining after dinner presentations provide some insight into the demands of a ‘Strictly’ tour as well as how to maintain a winning mentality.
During his competitive career, Austin Healey became one of the most highly regarded rugby union players ever to represent England and the British Lions winning a total of 51 English Caps, playing full-back, scrum-half, fly-half and wing. At club level he achieved success with Leicester Tigers winning two European Caps.
Following his retirement from the field, Austin turned his hand to banking with Credit Suisse and became well known as a commentator and pundit for BBC and Sky Sports.
In 2008 Austin teamed up with dance partner Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the quarter-finals and later returned to the dance floor in 2010 to take part in the Strictly tour, winning over 30 of the 40 shows.
His next television challenge saw him take on five struggling rugby clubs in a bid to turn them around in the ground-breaking programme, The Big Tackle on ITV. Not only did he put his experience and skills from his rugby career to good use but also presented the show. Other television credits include appearing as a team captain on the quiz show Hole in the Wall and on Celebrity Mastermind where his specialist subject was Everton Football Club!
Versatile and assured in his delivery, Austin is available for: Awards Hosting and Presenting, After Dinner Speaking, Motivational Speaking and Personal Appearances. His presentations cover rugby, business interests and the pressures of touring with an iconic TV show.