“Am I no longer of value to society?”
- McCaw and Carter are two of the most awarded rugby players of all time
- They both retired at the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England
- Now both former players have admitted that they are struggling with what will happen next
- None of them worked full time after retirement, but they have plans
They were the two greatest international rugby players who ever laced up their shoes, but the former All black Dan Carter and Richie McCoy have shown they cannot work full time after retiring in 2015.
New Zealand legends withdrew from the game at the same time as the All Blacks lifted the Web Ellis Cup in England.
Carter became the top scorer in test rugby with 1,598 points in 112 games, while McCoy was three times the best player of the year in the world in a career of 146 tests.
Carter waves to the crowd after winning the rugby championship, in the Bledisslo Cup match between New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallaby at Eden Park in 2015.
However, life outside of rugby did not include the same fanfare, and Carter admitted that he was still struggling with a global “pension”.
“I’m still trying to understand life after rugby,” he said News Corp.
“There’s a temptation to feel like I’m done playing, I need to work. You are constantly asked, “What are you doing now?” I still understand, did not find the answer, muttered his words and found excuses.
“It’s the word pension, I’ve just turned 40. I shouldn’t hear that word pension until I’m 65 years old.
“You think, ‘Well, am I no longer of value to society because I’m known for it?’ I changed my mindset about it, not defining myself as a rugby player. ”
New Zealand captain Richie McCowy takes his team to the field during a rugby match against Ireland at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on 23 June 2012.
Carter said that the transition is more than just a job search, it is a goal search. He is working on all the character traits that made him such a successful rugby player that he could apply it to the next stage of his life – and have a significant impact in his next role.
“I’m actually using this time trying to figure out what’s going to make me get out of bed, come back,” he said.
“I’m working a little bit with Oxford University in the UK to mentor students on leadership issues, helping future leaders of this world,” he said.
‘But also wanting to help low-income children, the work I’ve been doing with UNICEF for the last seven years, I’ve been on the ground in Syrian refugee camps, it’s quite difficult for many children, and it’s really amazing.’
That’s why Carter and McCow – along with former All Black colleagues Ali Williams – have launched the iSport Foundation, which helps young Kiwis find their way into the sport.
The foundation has helped Carter come to terms with retirement – and so has McCow.
“I’m still trying to figure it out. It didn’t take me too long to leave behind rugby, there are people finishing, and whether it’s because of injury or anything else, they want them to still play, ”McCow said.
“But I didn’t finish it, I was curious and curious to see what would happen next. But that doesn’t mean I figured it all out. “
One of the achievements that McCoy quickly achieved was to embark on commercial helicopter flights, but today he has done so less and less because of Kovid’s influence.
He said the next chapter would be not one thing but a series of ventures that would help give his life meaning.
“It won’t be a workout. I know I want to give and contribute to the game because of what I got from it, but I don’t understand what it looks like, ”he said.