In recent times former Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter announced he would retire from rugby in order to start up his own whisky business in Los Angeles, while Wasps hooker Edd Shervington has decided to pursue a West End acting and singing career. However, what other unusual retirement plans have players got themselves stuck into?
After a fantastic career in the front row, former England and Lions legend Fran Cotton set up his own clothing business. Arguably never the most fashion-aware of individuals, this was a strange choice for Mr Cotton – perhaps the pun on his surname tilted the balance – but his business Cotton Traders has gone from strength to strength and currently produces the shirts for the Barbarians.
Hookers seem to love reinventing themselves once they retire. Obviously there’s the aforementioned Shervington, but did you know Brian Moore once owned a nail bar and is a trained manicurist? Yet the pick of the bunch is Anton Oliver.
Studying at Oxford, Oliver achieved an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. His dissertation involved him heading to the Ringgolds Islands, an archipelago of Fiji, for a month of research on the relationship between poverty and conservation.
He now works in London and has picked up a veritable plethora of business qualifications, yet his interests outside of business are wide-reaching. It is believed he includes poets, artists and painters in his social circles and was once used as a model for a Simon Richardson realist painting, attempting to break down stereotypes regarding sporting figures. Oliver also has a pilot’s licence.
Brian’s not yet retired, but South Africa’s tighthead has already set himself up making beer for a living. Mujati’s Brewery is its name and he’ll be looking to expand the business once he finally gives up the game properly.
The former England lock was a budding entrepreneur, having set up a leisure centre in France and a floating bar in Swansea marina. Unfortunately he lost his battle with against a brain tumor in 2006.
A Harlequins legend, Kohn qualified for Wales through his grandfather – from the Rhymney Valley – and earned a solitary cap before retiring from the game. Since then he has established ‘The Jolly Hog’, a business that produces gourmet products such as luxury sausages. Kohn managed to persuade England prop Joe Marler to have the words ‘Jolly Hog’ emblazoned on his hair a few seasons back. “If England player Danny Care has a pork pot he’ll tweet it to 70,000 followers. The power of that is huge,” said Kohn (via The Telegraph).
Although now back involved with his beloved Toulouse, Pelous began a winemaking venture after he retired and tried his hand at local politics as well.
Not content with representing Wales on four occasions, Parks decided he would become an explorer after retiring in May 2009. His ‘737 Challenge’ involved climbing the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents within seven months. He completed the challenge two weeks ahead of schedule and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
Although one of the biggest names in rugby and arguably one of its greatest ever players, McCaw has decided he would like to become a commercial helicopter pilot. McCaw told the Telegraph: “Aviation is something I’m passionate about, I’m going to carry on flying and work towards getting my commercial pilot licence.”
Jackson had a successful playing career in both his native New Zealand and in England when he signed for Saracens. However, Jackson is one of the few professional players to have made the transition into professional refereeing. Jackson was the first New Zealander to play and referee 100 first class fixtures when he took charge of Argentina v South Africa on 15 August 2015.
An ex-league legend and a World Cup winner with England in union, Robinson decided to leave his urban Wigan roots behind and has now established himself as a farmer in the Ribble Valley.
Back in the days of the amateur era, it was obviously wasn’t unusual to have a job in place by the time you had retired. Wales legend Williams trained to be a physician and qualified in 1973, going on to be a specialist spinal surgeon.
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