"Quite the 12 months" - Chris Robshaw made mental career change after quitting rugby in 2022 - Ruck

“Quite the 12 months” – Chris Robshaw made mental career change after quitting rugby in 2022

Former England captain Chris Robshaw has landed a number of new roles since retiring from rugby, and it is something very different.

The flanker had been playing for San Diego Legion in the United States since leaving Quins in the summer of 2020, after 16 years at the club.

He won 66 England caps and was captain in 43 of those appearances.

The 36-year-old is now working part-time for Gallagher, who are the principle sponsor of the English Premiership.

Robshaw led Harlequins to their first Premiership title in 2012 and played 300 times for the club. He was twice named Premiership Player of the Year.

“After 18 years of professional rugby and a career I could only have dreamt of, I am officially announcing my retirement from the great game,” Robshaw said.

“Following three dislocated shoulders in quick succession my body has told me to blow the final whistle.

“No words can do justice to how fortunate and privileged I am to have enjoyed a career in the sport I am most passionate about.”

Following his first day at work, he wrote on Linked In: “Enjoyable first day learning the ropes with Karen Ellis & the Gallagher team. I look forward to joining them 2 days a week as I move into the next chapter of my life.”

Robshaw currently has a number of other ventures, which includes being a board member for Dress 2 Kill Ltd, a co-owner of Zeus Events and a co-owner of Josies Coffee Shop.

Josies is a family-run group of independent coffee shops serving specialty coffee, tea, smoothies and all day breakfast and brunch.

Their aim is simple: to provide freshly made, well sourced food and drinks in a space that is inviting and approachable.

Chris Robshaw facts:

  • Robshaw had to cope with the trauma of his father’s death when he was just five years old
  • The future England star struggled with dyslexia at school
  • He was engaged to his girlfriend of 6 years, Camilla Kerslake, before they married in France on 29 June 2018
  • Robshaw, who has a lot of gay friends, is often spotted at events, marching alongside LGBTQ rugby players in London next year
  • Boyhood Arsenal supporter Chris Robshaw welcomed England’s red wine change strip in 2012 – because it looks like the kit once worn by his Gunners heroes.

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Stuart Hogg

After confirming his retirement, Hogg said in a statement: “A new career beckons and I will attack in the same manner as I play the game.”

The Scotland legend has revealed he isn’t too keen on coaching, but will remain in the game as a pundit after making his debut on BBC during the 2023 Six Nations.


Sources tell RUCK that BT Sport (soon to be TNT Sports) are keen. to recruit the fullback as a key part of their 2023/24 Premiership coverage.


He is the co-owner of steak house Finsbay Flatiron in Glasgow.

The focus for Finsbay Flatiron is steak, specialising in 8oz flat irons (as the name suggests) and steaks from £8 on weekdays and £10 on weekends, as well as sides like mac and cheese and triple cooked chips.


He’s a director of a distillery named Maiden Batch.

Caulker’s is a collaborative effort between five Glasgow men, two of whom happen to be British Lions and Scotland rugby internationals, Hogg and Alastair Kellock. The bottle is signed by all five.

Jack Nowell

The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall.

Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere.

He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.