Lawrence has achieved almost every accolade in Rugby Union, including the second most capped England player with a total of 85. During a career lasting almost two decades, he has played with just one club and helped establish the Wasps as one of Europe's leading forces in the professional era. He was twice appointed captain of the England side and in the 2003 Rugby World Cup was the only player on the field for every minute of all seven matches. After that triumphant season, he was awarded an MBE, followed by an OBE in 2008.
Now retired, Lawrence does a huge amount of work for charity. He was named Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year in the 2011 JustGiving Awards, following a 1,750-mile cycle marathon, the Dallaglio Cycle Slam, during which he cycled to each stadium of the Six Nations tournament. His marathon effort raised 1.14m pounds, which was split evenly between Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation, a charity which he set up following the death of his mother Eileen after her courageous battle with cancer. The Dallaglio Foundation supports specific projects which will make a real, tangible difference to people's lives, including Cancer Research's Clinical Research Training Fellowships, which aim to bridge the gap between scientists and cancer patients.
"Kingston provided a terrific environment for developing my sports and team skills – and of course was wonderfully close to Twickenham Rugby Stadium!"