Directors scrum for chance to mentor rugby stars on business
THE INSTITUTE of Directors is partnering with the Irish Rugby Union Players' Association (IRUPA) to offer business mentoring to professional players in Leinster, Munster and Connacht.
The news comes as no surprise to The Punt given how often we see high-profile company directors in the stands of the Aviva at major rugby matches.
Through the mentoring programme, Institute of Directors members (that's a pretty big pool – there are 1,900 of them) will assist players in post-rugby career planning and "the setting of non-rugby-related goals".
Mentors will also offer advice, support and encouragement as well as networking opportunities and introductions to members of the IRUPA.
The institute's chief executive Maura Quinn described it as "leaders in Irish business offering their support to leaders on the field."
A little part of us wonders if the institute's members were more motivated by the chance to be mates with Ian Madigan (below) than the opportunity to advise lowlier players on going back to college. There certainly seems to be less demand on the players' side than there is on the institute's side – nearly 100 directors have already signed up, but only 60 players are expected to be involved by next May.