Life after rugby - Andrew Richardson

Life after rugby - Andrew Richardson

Was very sad to read in the NZ press that Jonah Lomu had very little in terms of finances behind him when he passed in November. Again the rugby community have rallied around and set up an independent find for his boys. It made me think about how Professional rugby players do prepare for life after the game. Very few will be selected for TV punditry, coaching or even journalism. Older players such as Brian Moore had the law to fall back on, Underwood the RAF and Guscott should probably still be modelling. 

I remember Tom Court tweeting about training from British Telecom, others write books. I think it's far simpler than that and one that individual Unions need to get an urgent grip on. When you take on a player wether at academy or senior level they should be prepared for life after. They are cocooned in high end cars, nice flats, appearances and see very little of the real life. They are not footballers who get an absurd amount of money that they can live nicely off the interest. They are adults but they are adults whose life is dominated by their agents, and coaching staff. They need help. 

I look at Jamie Roberts and bow down to the guy who can play at the highest level, become a doctor, go to Cambridge and still play!

There is life after Rugby. Unions, agents and players need to remember this!