Rugby PHOTO

Why Do Rugby Union Players Make Such Good Business People?

Rugby union is known around the globe for being a hard hitting, but fair sport. In many ways it’s hard to imagine parallels between the boardroom and rugby pitch. But the Advisory Excellence journalism department found that might not be the case.

Rugby union’s historical frugality is a major reason for its close and practical ties to business, says Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean recently spoke at Grant Thornton’s Inspiring Business event, which was part of a series dedicated to generating ideas amongst coveted audiences.

George Gregan is one of the Australia’s most successful rugby union players. However, five years into his international career George started his own small business called GG’s Espresso shop, which is based in Sydney Australia’s business district.

George and Erica Gregan

George and Erica Gregan

To a soccer fan this might sound like an odd move, but there lies one of the major differences between a game in which you throw the ball and one in which you kick it.

Rugby union went professional in 1995, and although the amount of money pumped into the sport has steadily increased, players’ wages are still small compared to that of soccer.

Entrepreneurship is therefore crucial for players heading into their twilight years.

Advisory Excellence would like to give shout out to The Rugby Business Network. A popular world-wide not-for-profit organisation that aims to connect senior business people who share a passion for rugby union at private networking dinners and events.

2 replies
  1. Keith Robertson, CEng
    Keith Robertson, CEng says:

    Rugby is a sport that requires it’s players to tackle adversity head-on. I imagine they apply that same strategy to the sport of business. Great article!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.