Born and bred in Ely, Cardiff, and a graduate in Physical Education from the famous Cardiff College of Education (now Cardiff Metropolitan University ), Phil Steele comes from a prominent sporting background having played 6 seasons for Newport RFC in the 1980`s, he was also a member of the Wales B International squad
A former teacher of Special Needs Pupils he’s now a popular radio presenter and rugby commentator for BBC Wales - best known as the pitch side reporter on Scrum V Live.
As well as his broadcasting work, Phil is also in great demand as an after dinner speaker and host.
He has spoken at and hosted hundreds of events throughout Britain and abroad - including the prestigious House Of Lords St David’s Day Lunch, The St David’s Day Dinners of the Welsh Societies of Dubai, Qatar and Hong Kong, The British Virgin Islands’ Rugby Post Hurricane Irma Dinner and at the world famous Hay Literary Festival. His bestselling autobiography Nerves of Steele was published in February 2017.
During the evening Phil will interview Martyn Thomas who was the former Chairman & Chief Executive of the RFU (2005 – 2012).
Born near Aberystwyth, Martyn practised as a Solicitor in London for many years before returning to Wales to farm near Tenby. Subsequently he has moved to farm near Brecon where he now farms 300 head of Pedigree Welsh Blacks.
Phil will speak to Martyn about his days at the RFU where he was instrumental in major changes made at the Union, and his key role in Japan being chosen as the hosts of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Phil will also ask about Martyn's views on the future for rural Wales and the management of his farm near Brecon.
A beef roll and a drink will be served as part of this event, so booking is essential.
The members evening reception does not include entry to the show.