Austin Healey

Austin Healey (born on 26 October 1973) is one of the most highly regarded English rugby players in the modern era. Austin, who also played full-back for Leicester Tigers (with whom he won 2 European Cups), won 51 caps for England and toured with the Lions in 1997 and 2001.

Since retiring from playing rugby, Austin first worked as a successful banker for Credit Suisse and has since become a popular presenter on television and radio.

In 2008 Austin partnered with Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing, where he gained huge praise from the judges for his dancing skills and huge love from the women for his see-through shirts. In Austin’s first show head judge Len Goodman said “That was the best first dance for a man I have ever seen”

In February 2009, Austin took on the challenge of turning around the fortunes of 5 struggling rugby clubs as part of the ground-breaking, ad funded programme; The Big Tackle for ITV. Austin brokered the deal with o2 and hosted the show using all the experience he had gained from his prolific rugby career.

In June 2009 it was announced that Austin Healey was joining the primetime Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show Hole in the Wall; a series that regularly exceeded 6 million viewers. The show cemented Austin as one of the nations most charismatic sportsmen.

Austin put his dancing shoes back on and took to the road in 2010 as part of part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour wowing audiences in arenas across the country and winning over 30 of the of the 45 shows.

When ESPN won the broadcast rights to the Aviva Premiership Rugby in the autumn of 2010, they immediately signed up Austin to be their lead-analyst on live matches as well as presenting the highlights shows. In addition, he became the lead presenter for o2’s Inside Line and is a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph on all matters rugby.

It was announced in the spring of 2013 that Austin will become one of the lead rugby presenters on BT Sport, the new sports channels launching on August 1st. He will work alongside other rugby greats fronting coverage of the Aviva Premiership, Top 14, JP Morgan 7’s and a myriad of other programming.