Bulls centre Dries Swanepoel is balancing his professional career with a part-time job as a financial advisor as he plans for life after rugby.
Dries Swanepoel has worked hard on the field during his journey through the ranks at the Bulls.
He enjoyed an impressive senior season in 2016, having made his Super Rugby debut for the franchise. He’s also played a key role for the team during this year’s Currie Cup.
He’s previously featured at U19, U21 and Vodacom Cup levels since starting his professional career in Pretoria in 2012. He’s also played two seasons of Varsity Cup for Tuks and earned national honours when he played for the Junior Springboks in 2013.
The 23-year-old says he’s making the most of every opportunity.
“I’m really enjoying this season. Travelling overseas with the Bulls during Super Rugby for the first time was great. I’ve watched so many classic overseas Super Rugby matches on television, so it was a dream come true to be part of this season’s tour,” Swanepoel told MyPlayers.
“We also want to continue our great brand of rugby that we’re playing this season. The players are enjoying this more attacking style of play. The Bulls have implemented a great approach, which includes professionalism and fun.”
While Swanepoel is set to achieve many more rugby milestones, he’s excelling off the field too.
Last year, he graduated with Honours in Marketing Management at the University of Pretoria. He has also dedicated time to gain experience during his internship at MyPlayers’ preferred financial advisors Efficient Advise, where he will be trained by senior staff. Former Springbok and Bulls lock Victor Matfield is also involved at the company.
“Studies and financial planning are two things that are very important for me,” explained Swanepoel. “When I played Varsity Cup rugby for Tuks, I lived in a student house and found myself surrounded by other students, who were not involved in rugby.
“It was great being able to speak to people outside the rugby community and hearing their outlook on life. This motivated me to get a qualification behind my name, so when I do retire one day, I could enter a second career.
“I enjoy a part-time career in finance. I will spend my off days at Efficient Advise. I’m also continuing my studies this year to get my financial credentials and qualifications.”
Swanepoel adds that financial planning is important for all rugby players, especially those at age-group level.
“Many young players have the wrong mindset. They only believe they need to start saving once they get their senior contracts and earn more money. It’s very important to start saving as young as possible.”
By Gareth Duncan
– This article first appeared in the fourth issue of MyPlayers Magazine