For many young, aspiring rugby players, becoming a professional is the ultimate goal, writes Bloggers’ Bench member Sophie Freestone.
However, the physical nature of the sport means that a player’s career can be cut short at any time, so it is important that other career options are considered. Here, Exeter back Adam Hughes talks about his career aspirations in both rugby and aviation.
With rugby being the national sport in his homeland of Wales, Adam first became interested in the sport when he joined Croesyceiliog School in Monmouth as an 11 year-old, and it is clear that the success of the school’s team had a great impact on his rugby ambitions: “It was quite a big rugby school, and so we were almost pressured into playing. It helped playing in a successful team; when you win, you certainly enjoy it more!”