Former Scotland Fly-half, Craig Chalmers speaks about winning the Grand Slam in 1990 a year after making his international debut and how that was one of the greatest achievements of his career, while touring with the British and Irish Lions to Australia was also a memorable moment. Craig confesses that the biggest regret he has from his career was never taking to the opportunity to play more club Rugby in England, has be spent his years at the like of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors, before spells at Harlequins and Worcester Warriors.
Having played during both the armature and professional eras, Craig discusses how the sport turning pro in Scotland was not handled correctly by the union and how coaches advised players not to go to other countries in the UK to take up professional contracts. For many years before playing Rugby professionally, Craig had a job and drew on that experience when it came to his transition after retirement in 2005, as he went into coaching at his boyhood club Melrose. He admits that he had no clear idea as to what he wanted to do as his next career after Rugby, but through his Rugby connections he became the Business Development Consultant at Portal Security Services Limited, where he is still over 12 years later. Craig also holds the same position at Ward Security and highlights what he enjoys about this sector of business.
Craig discusses the challenges of juggling between coaching at Esher from 2013 to 2015 and fulfilling his business responsibilities at the same time. He says that both Rugby and Business offer their thrills, but insist that very little can replace the high that comes with playing professional Rugby. Putting in the hours of hard work, building relationships and communication are the transferable skills which Craig believes exist on the Rugby field and in the Business environment. Craig also advises retiring professional players to plan ahead, find something they enjoy and build up a network to make their transition into a life after rugby that much easier.
“Make connections. I think connections are so important in Rugby and I think Rugby uses connections better than any other sport and it’s because of the kind of people we have in Rugby.” – Craig Chalmers (Business Development Consultant at Ward Security / Former Scotland Flyhalf)