It’s the ultimate dilemma as a rugby player…you’ve spent year after year running up and down the pitch, for your country putting in big hits and giving the same interview answer about how ‘the boys just didn’t show enough today’…and suddenly it’s all gone and you’ve got to decide what’s next.
The most masochistic stars simply choose to subject themselves to further madness in a coaching capacity after retirement, while others can be seen talking as a pundit while a good percentage of the rest play seemingly endless amounts of golf.
But what about the rugby stars who found life beyond the after-dinner circuit having hung up their boots?
Here are some of the most interesting things England stars have got up to after retiring…
1. James Haskell – MMA
After hanging up hos boots, Haskell signed to mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA as part of its Heavyweight division. Haskell had previously done analysis and commentary work for English promotions such as BAMMA and CFF.
In February 2020, it was announced that Haskell would make his professional mixed martial arts debut on 16 May 2020 at Wembley’s SSE Arena. The event was ultimately postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.