33rd Annual Midlands Sporting Luncheon – Horton Suite – Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham
The Macdonald Burlington Hotel is easily accessible, opposite New Street Station in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Guests will enjoy a 4-Course luncheon before our resident Master of Ceremonies, Tim Stimpson, a former British and Irish Lion International (South Africa 1997) and capped for England on 19 occasions, will interview our Guest of Honour on all things Rugby. Their career, the highs and lows and much more. The Festive fun is brought to a close with entertainment from a renowned circuit comedian. Expect plenty of laughs before the event concludes at approx. 16:45.
Our Guest of Honour in 2023 will be Shaun Edwards OBE. Wigan-born Shaun is currently the defensive Rugby Union coach of France. He is a former outstanding rugby league player, who is considered one of the leading coaches in Rugby Union. He has enjoyed successful spells with Wasps, Wales and now France. He was also part of the coaching team for the British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa 2009.
During his time at Wasps (2001 – 2011) they won two Heineken Cups, four Premiership titles, an Anglo-Welsh trophy and the European Challenge Cup.
While with Wales they won four Six Nations championships, including three Grand Slams in 2008, 2012 and 2019.
He joined France in 2020 winning the Grand Slam in 2022.
In League he played at scrum-half or stand-off, and is the most decorated player in rugby league history, with 37 winner’s medals. In 2015 he became the 25th person inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame. He played for Wigan between 1983 and 1997, and also had spells with Balmain Tigers, London Broncos (twice) and Bradford Bulls.
Edwards won a record eight championships with Wigan and a record nine Challenge Cups. In total he played in eleven Challenge Cup finals, also a record. He was voted Man of Steel in 1990. He represented Great Britain on 36 occasions, and also appeared in three Rugby League World Cups.
Previous Guests of Honour include: Brian O’Driscoll, Jason Robinson OBE, Dylan Hartley, Mike Tindall MBE, Sam Warburton OBE, Phil Vickery MBE, Simon Shaw MBE, Jason Leonard OBE, Will Greenwood MBE, Ben Kay MBE, Will Carling OBE, Gavin Hastings OBE, Rob Andrew MBE, Sir Ian McGeechan OBE, Willie John McBride CBE, Sir Clive Woodward OBE & Sir Bill Beaumont CBE.