Lawrence Dallaglio

Honorary: Doctorate
Position: Former England rugby captain


Capped 85 times for England, Lawrence Dallaglio was a key member of the team that won the inaugural Sevens World Cup in 1993 and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also played on three British and Irish Lions tours, including 1997's victorious series in South Africa. Widely regarded as one of the greatest back row forwards of all time, he is one of only two Northern Hemisphere players to hold world cup winners' medals for both the sevens and 15-man game.

Now retired from competitive rugby after a career spanning almost two decades which saw him captain England twice, he now tirelessly for the Dallaglio Foundation which he founded after losing his mother, Eileen, to cancer in 2008.

Dallaglio has long-standing links with Kingston University having studied urban estate management in the 1990s. He initially juggled his passion for sport with study while playing for the London Wasps and England Under-21s. Speaking at a ceremony at Kingston's Rose Theatre, Dallaglio said he felt nervous to be standing in front of his fellow graduates - more so than on a match day. "I thought playing in front of a few thousand at Twickenham was hard work, but I definitely woke up before the ceremony feeling very nervous and very excited," he said. "What an incredibly proud and humbling moment this has been for all of us."