Playing the long game

Finding a new livelihood after a career as a professional sportsperson is rarely an open goal

30th April, 2017
Tomás O’Leary: “I knew rugby wouldn’t last forever”

For most people, retirement is a welcome reward for decades of graft and commitment. It is a phase of life that is yearned for and enjoyed.

For most athletes, it is their worst nightmare.

The average length of a professional rugby player’s career is just seven years, while a footballer can expect to play for eight. Most former sportspeople find themselves having to find a new job by their mid-30s and are often starting without...

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