Business of Sport: cashing in after the final whistle

When a rugby star finally comes to the end of his career, starting from scratch can be a daunting prospect , writes Michael O'Keefe.

10th August, 2014
Mick Kearney, Ireland team manager: When a player stops playing, they are more or less back to square one' Picture: INPHO

They are Ireland’s first genuine home-based professional sportsmen, and the first to make “real money” from playing top level sport on home soil. But what are Irish professional rugby players doing with their money, and what is going to happen this current golden generation post retirement?

A top class provincial player with international status is likely earning in the region of €250,000 to €300,000 per annum, with the big earners up...

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