Becoming a true professional
Does any New Zealand rugby player show this much dedication ('I spend 400k on my body') to their craft?
I don't doubt that some take good care of themselves - Brad Thorn didn't make it to his late 30s solely on genetic freakishness - but he would be the exception rather than the rule.
Instead, we are being bombarded by a plague of Super Rugby players making their way through the New Zealand justice system, with alcohol the common denominator.
We are constantly told by rugby players, and their enabling entourage, that career lifespans are short in rugby and that players need to make the most of that window.
But are our players really doing everything they can to be the best they can be?
We have got a long way to go before our professional rugby players are actually true professionals.
The Southland Times