Bulls prop Jacobie Adriaanse has dedicated time during his professional rugby career to gain business experience at Imperial Logistics.
Jacobie Adriaanse arrived at the Bulls this season with a wealth of rugby experience.
He is currently featuring in his fourth year of Super Rugby as previously played for the Lions (2011 and 2012) and Southern Kings (2016), while he was also based overseas at Scarlets in Wales (2013 to 2015) and Montpellier in France (2015). The former Junior Springbok is also a veteran on the domestic scene, having represented Western Province, Boland, Griquas and the Golden Lions in junior and senior provincial competitions since 2004.
During his earlier years, the 31-year-old front-rower studied at Stellenbosch University, where he achieved more rugby success with Maties as they won the first Varsity Cup title in 2008. In addition to his achievements on the field, he left Stellenbosch with a qualification as he graduated with a BCom degree in Business Management.
Ten years later, Adriaanse has now put plans in place to use his qualification to his advantage as he started job shadowing at Imperial Logistics in Pretoria, allowing him to gain the necessary experience to plan for life after rugby.
“Life after rugby is a very important topic that players need to speak about and plan for. Most guys don’t realise how different life is outside the rugby world, so it’s very important to know which direction you will be taking once you retire from the sport,” Adriaanse told MyPlayers.
“I had an interesting chat with (MyPlayers Player Career Development Manager) Jonéll Bester during the organisation’s roadshow visit at the Bulls earlier this year. We chatted about planning my second career and she encouraged me to get work experience during my spare time. She played a big role in assisting me during the process and finding me place that was willing to accommodate me. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have taken this direction at this stage of my life.”
Adriaanse currently spends his off days at Imperial Logistics in Centurion, where he’s based in the marketing department.
“The team at Imperial Logistics have been very welcoming. On my first day, I was taken on a tour through the whole company by one of the directors, which was very nice and informative. They are dedicating the time to ensure I settle in quite quickly. It’s still early days during my job shadowing experience, but I’m already learning so much,” said Adriaanse. “This week, I’ve spent time with their partner RTT Solutions, which allows to me to focus on my expert field of marketing.”
Adriaanse encourages all professional players to make the effort to prepare for life after rugby.
“Rugby is a big part our lives, but there’s always time for other interests if you’re willing to make the effort. It’s great if you study, but you also need to dedicate the time to explore the different fields you’d want to enter after rugby. If you do so during your career, you’ll be in a much better space once you retire,” he said.
“MyPlayers is also there to provide quality assistance. Whether you want to study, gain career advice or need to secure an interview, there’s a good team at the rugby players’ organisation to help you.”
Meanwhile, Adriaanse is enjoying life in Pretoria on and off the field. He’s enjoying fatherhood with his young family, while he tries to play a mentoring role for the talented props in the Bulls squad, like Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman and Lizo Gqoboka.
“I had a great time overseas with my wife, but we decided to move back home to South Africa when our daughter was born. It would give us a stronger support based being surrounded by friends and family,” explained Adriaanse.
“It’s great being in Pretoria, where the weather is warm enough for us to braai regularly. I’m doing my best to play my part in the team and to make a valuable contribution. There are great young props in the squad, so when there’s an occasion to pass on advice of a few tips, I do what I can to play a mentoring role. It’s always best to learn in the scrums and rucks, but the guys are always willing to learn from each other.”
By Gareth Duncan