Town - Flyhalf Dean Grant is the latest South African to secure a move to play
club rugby in France, having been released from his contract at Griquas.
caught up with Grant in January, with a main focus on balancing his
professional rugby career in Kimberley and completing his Honours in B.Com
Investments at the University of Cape Town.
months later, and Grant can celebrate his impressive qualification, and a new
chapter in his rugby career.
spending the past two seasons in Kimberley, the 26-year-old has secured a deal
with French club Chambery, based in the south-eastern region of France.
play in Federale 1 (third division), having nearly qualified for the Pro D2
during the 2014-15 season.
want to thank Griquas for accommodating my career over the past two years by
allowing me to balance my studies and my rugby commitments,” said Grant.
is a proud rugby union, and I wish them all the success looking ahead. They
have amazing talent and great depth in the squad this season, so I’m sure they
will do well during the upcoming Currie Cup qualifiers.
the offer to join Chambery came my way, I definitely wanted it. At this stage
of my life, I’ve achieved my academic qualifications and enjoyed my time
playing provincial rugby. Moving to France will allow me to travel, experience
a new culture and continue my professional rugby career.
agreed to release me from my contract, so I’m all set to make my move in a few
weeks’ time. I’m looking forward to this new chapter.”
added that he will be aiming to advance through the rugby levels in France.
want to work their way up the ranks in France, and hopefully, I can contribute
to those goals. They came close to achieving Pro D2 promotion, so they will aim
to go one step further next season,” said Grant.
the same time, I also hope to play against the top clubs, so I want it make the
most of my opportunities overseas. Hopefully, I can attract enough attention to
earn the chance to play in the top leagues.”
is there any advice he has for young and upcoming South African rugby players
before he jets off to France?
secured his Honours degree, Grant said securing a major academic qualification
was a rewarding sacrifice.
and securing my honours was the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Grant.
“Yes, it takes some effort and sacrifice, but you’re taking the time to invest
say the average career span is only seven years in South Africa. Some careers
even end earlier. So as a 19-year-old, what is your Plan B? What are you going
to do after the age of 30? What are you going to do should you suffer an
unfortunate, serious injury?
my academic qualifications, I am able to switch to an alternative career once I
retire. You need to ensure you have a second career path in place.”
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