The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is hosting their fourth webinar in support of the #RugbyUnites initiative. The webinar, on 27 October 2020 at 20:00 CAT will be hosted by SARLA CEO Stefan Terblanche, who will be talking to Rugby Legends Bryan Habana and Jean De Villiers.
SARLA’s #RugbyUnites initiative has brought together major rugby unions and former players, coaches and administrators from various provinces to shop and pack food parcels for charities all over the country, in aid of communities affected by COVID-19. So far, in excess of 10,000 food parcels have been packed.
In this episode, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villers discuss the topic of Life After Rugby, covering their careers, struggles and achievements following their retirement from the sport. Rugby fans can look forward to insights on what it means to retire from being a highly paid and respected sportsman and heading out into the world at a relatively young age to pursue other career prospects. Both Bryan and Jean have remained active in rugby circles and engage in regular charity work, which will also be discussed.
The two legends come with extremely high pedigrees in the rugby arena. Bryan was one of the most successful wingers of our time, having been part of the South African team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. His eight try record in the tournament equalled the one set by Jonah Lomu in 1999 and he was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, he equalled Lomu’s record of 15 tries in Rugby World Cups and is ranked second among all-time test try scorers.
Jean de Villiers is a former Springbok Captain, who played inside centre for the bulk of his career. Jean was also part of the 2007 squad that won the World Cup, though he sustained an injury early in the tournament. Jean’s achievements include being nominated as SA Rugby Player of the Year in 2005 and Players’ Player of the Year in 2008. During his career, he played 63 Springbok matches and competed in several SuperRugby and Currie Cup tournaments.
Host Stefan Terblanche says, “This one is for anyone who has wondered what happens to their rugby heroes when they leave the field for the last time. Rugby does open many doors in terms of career prospects following retirement. But most of us have to keep working just as hard when we stop playing as we did before we retired. It’s interesting to see the different paths many players have taken in life after rugby and I’m sure there are quite a few surprising insights in store”.
Anyone who secures tickets for the webinar will also be able to ask Bryan, Jean and Stefan questions via email, which will be answered during the live discussion. Tickets for the webinar are free but donations can still be made online via Zapper to the #RugbyUnites initiative, which is fighting hunger throughout South Africa for people who have been affected by COVID-19.
Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with the world’s top rugby stars before tickets run out. Tickets to attend Episode 4, on Tuesday, 27 October at 8PM CAT are now available on www.sarugbylegends.com.
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