Regent Business School looks at five South African rugby players with academic accolades.
Typically rugby players are framed in the media as being all muscle with little to no brains. However, a little research into some of South Africa’s well-known players show that now, more than ever, these top sportsmen are looking after their brain muscle just as much as any of the others.
Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis
The Du Plessis brothers grew up with a strict mother, who stressed that both of them must get an education. Jannie is in fact Dr du Plessis having qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Free State. Bismarck, like many other rugby players, went the business route and has a Bcom from the same university.
The Saracens and former Springbok hooker completed a degree in management accountancy from the University of Stellenbosch.
Lambie started his professional career straight after high school and was one of the youngest members of the Springbok squad. However, he remained as focused in the classroom as he was on the field, completing a degree in environmental management via distance learning in 2013.
The Springboks’ top try-scorer graduated from Wits University in 2003 with a BSc degree in IT.
Matfield studied accounting at the University of Pretoria before his professional rugby career and encourages young rugby players to study.
In the past, many athletes focused on perfecting their craft on the pitch while sidelining academics.
However, many sports stars are now planning ahead for life after stardom, taking courses and studying towards tertiary qualifications.
Business and marketing degrees have proved most popular among athletes who want to incorporate their education with their experience as athletes.
Regent Business School is the perfect example of an institution that provides sports stars with comprehensive course programmes and prepares them with the necessary skills to build and sustain careers in the competitive workplace.
Regent also makes allowance for the busy and flexible schedules that someone in training would have and is a great choice for a young athlete looking to flex their brain muscle.