Three Rugby Stars planning for the future
With careers becoming shorter and shorter, players need to start planning for the future right from the start. Not content with going for a coffee or sitting playing video games after training, these three stars are planning for the future.
One of rugby's great characters, the 31-year-old Wasps skipper has been around for some time. Since making his England debut against Wales back in 2007, he has amassed 70 caps for the Red Rose.
He has appeared in two World Cups, won two Six Nations titles and a grand slam with his country. Versatility personified, the 18st 5lbs powerhouse is able to cover the whole of the back row and has packed down for his country at 6, 7 and 8.
Powerful with ball in hand, really physical in defence with a huge engine, the Windsor-born star is a quality performer. Well travelled, after starting his career at Wasps, making his senior debut at the age of 18, Haskell has enjoyed spells in France with Stade Français, the Ricoh Black Rams and the Highlanders in Super Rugby.
But Haskell is also a successful businessman and has a fitness business and a shooting business. His fitness business, James Haskell Health and Fitness, has as its main goal to help its clients achieve a ‘healthier and fitter lifestyle'. As well as offering fitness and nutritional advice, the company also creates sports supplements.
Not content with all this, he has also trained as a DJ at the SubBass Academy of Electronic Music and has played to enormous crowds at the world famous Ministry of Sound. While his mixes have also proven to be a hit on Soundcloud.
The exciting young Ospreys prop has made 21 appearances for the Swansea-based region and has been tipped for a big future in the game.Solid in the scrum and mobile in the loose, the 6ft 2in, 18st 8lbs loosehead has impressed since joining from Carmarthen Quins in 2014.
A member of the Welsh squad that reached the final of the 2013 Junior World Cup final, Thomas signed a new three-year deal with the Ospreys earlier this year.Off the field, Thomas is carving out a niche for himself: turning old and broken guitars into shelves, after spotting a gap in the market. Alongside housemate and Scarlets centre Steffan Hughes, the 22-year-old spends his spare time sanding, painting and varnishing the guitars, with his kitchen having become a makeshift workshop.
A time consuming effort, each guitar takes a week to prepare with Thomas fitting the work in around his day job. The pair personally deliver the guitars and Wales and Ospreys star Dan Biggar is one of their customers since starting the business this year, he and Hughes have made over 20 guitars and are looking to turn the venture into a fully fledged business.
Arguably one of Ireland's finest ever wingers, the 32-year-old Ulster flyer has enjoyed an outstanding career. Blessed with fantastic pace, great positional awareness, an excellent sidestep and solid in defence, Bowe is a class act.After starting off his pro career with Ulster in 2003, he spent five years there before moving to the Ospreys in 2008, where he enjoyed a successful four-year spell. In 2012 he returned to Ravenhill
His impressive CV reads as follows: two Six Nations titles, including a grand slam, a Lions series win down in Australia in 2013 and two Celtic League titles with the Ospreys in a twelve-year pro career thus farA natural born try-scorer, the 6ft 3in, 16st 1lb star has racked up an amazing 30 tries in 67 appearances for Ireland since his debut against the USA in 2004.
Bowe is also proving to be a winner off the field as well. His menswear brand, XV Kings, and shoe range, Lloyd and Pryce, have proven to be big hits.
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