Ross van Reenen Warns of Looming Crisis Facing Retired Rugby Players
In an interview with Jan de Koning for Rugby 365, Ross van Reenen expresses his concern over the future of South Africa’s professional rugby players, the majority of whom don’t have job security once they have retired from the game.
This is the issue that Van Reenen raises in his book, From Locker Room to Boardroom: Converting Rugby Talent Into Business Success, which Rugby 365 has called “a valuable tool” for the 600 or so players that are contracted to play in South Africa.
Just 30 of South Africa’s vast number of professional players will be able to sustain some sort of a living after they stop playing the game.
This is the reality of the situation facing about 600 contracted (or so-called professional) players in the country.
For the rest there is the stark reality that unless they have alternative qualifications – and only a very small percentage do – they face almost certain unemployment.