Originally Posted by Royal Newbie
Thank you Iluvbertie. It does make sense to start giving younger players some experience. He plays for a club team (I'm not sure what you call them!) right? At what age do players generally stop playing all together?
What I'm wondering is, how much longer can he realistically play rugby, and does anyone have any ideas for what he could do in the future?
He still plays for Gloucester. His contract with that club expires at the end of this season so it could be that he is in his last season of Rugby anyway.
Age usually about 35 would see out most players even at club level. It is a very physical game. 80 minutes of almost constant running and tackling with maybe a short breather of a minute or two after a score. It isn't like American football where there are in effect two different teams - one offense and one defence (not to mention the special teams) but everyone plays offence and defence and they can go from one to the other and back again within the space of 30 seconds.
Like all sportsmen the major avenues open to him within his sport are coaching and commentating.