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All black legend Sean Fitzpatrick speaks at Exeter’s sporting dinner

PUBLISHED: 10:31 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 February 2016

Former New Zealand rugby union player Sean Fitzpatrick will be guest of honour at the Exeter Sporting Club Dinner

Former New Zealand rugby union player Sean Fitzpatrick will be guest of honour at the Exeter Sporting Club Dinner


The organiser of a premier sporting dinner taking place in Exeter this month has been forced to bring a late substitute onto the order of play for the evening…but what a substitute he is

Woodbury Park Golf Club will host the first event for the relaunched Exeter Sporting ClubWoodbury Park Golf Club will host the first event for the relaunched Exeter Sporting Club

All Black rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick has been announced as the substitute guest speaker for World Cup referee Nigel Owens, who was originally down as guest of honour at the re-launch of the Exeter Sporting Club at Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club on Thursday, 17 March.

The dinner, which is being held in association with Devon Life, sees the return to the county of the sporting dinners organised by legendary former England and British Lions rugby player David Duckham.

Explaining the change of speaker David said: “Nigel is refereeing the France v England Six Nations game in Paris on 19 March and although originally his travel arrangements meant he could be our guest speaker, the itinerary has now changed and he can’t make it.

“Nigel is as disappointed as I am not to make it but I am sure he will return soon to entertain us as he is an excellent speaker. In the meantime, what more could we ask for than to have Sean Fitzpatrick – one of the legends of the game – kindly step in and agree to attend the dinner?”

With a career total of 92 caps for his country, a record 63 of them consecutive including 51 as captain and 23 consecutive victories, both also records, Sean was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 1997 New Year’s Honours. He was a member of the legendary All Blacks team which lifted the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.

A resident for some years here in the UK, Sean is the founder and a director of the Front Row Group of Companies, a London based high-end, luxury private equity company that, amongst many other services, offers leadership and motivational skills, based on his experience as captain of the All Blacks. Sean also enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding after dinner speaker.

David, whose Southern Sporting Clubs business organises events across the country, first started organising sporting dinners in the Exeter area in 1999. Now, after a brief hiatus, he is back with a bang – and a top evening’s entertainment is in store.

The evening will also feature a three-course meal plus entertainment from Jamie Sutherland, a former banker who has now turned his hand to stand-up comedy with his original and versatile act.

Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Exeter Sporting Club and have already secured our table at the event. I know from past experience what fantastic events David and his team put on and this promises to be another great evening.

“What better way to have fun and entertain guests on behalf of your business than to sign up for the first of what are bound to be many successful evenings here in Devon?”

Ticket details

Tickets priced £57 + VAT are selling fast but are still available by booking online at or by telephoning 01789 721006 or e-mail for more details. Tables of 12 are available to book, but businesses are not obliged to book a whole table of tickets. Table sponsorship packages are also available at competitive prices.


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