Lambie: There was a lot of change in my life

Former Sharks and Springbok flyhalf PAT LAMBIE was forced to retire from rugby at the age of 28 due to the effects of concussion. asked him ...

How have the past 14 months been for you?
Last year was a very difficult one for me. It was tough, especially because it was a World Cup year and I had dreamed about being there and being a part of it. The World Cup was always in your face and very hard to ignore. I also had to find my feet in the working world after moving back to South Africa from France. We [Pat and wife Kate] had a baby [Jackson], so there was a lot of change in my life. But I feel now like I've got into a good rhythm. I'm loving my job with the Collins Group and it's really cool I'm still involved in the game through my [kicking] consultancy role with the Sharks.

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What does your day job at the Collins Group entail?
I'm on the residential projects team and we're busy doing a number of lifestyle security estates in KwaZulu-Natal. I float between project management and sales and marketing. The Collins Group has huge plans on the KZN north coast in particular. I get to be a part of the whole property process right from bare ground and bare sugar cane all the way through to top structure and buildings.

Have you always been interested in the property industry?
Yes, my dad [Ian] is involved in it. He's got his own business as an industrial and commercial property broker, so it's always been a topic of conversation around the dinner table and something I've taken a keen interest in. I then had the opportunity to join the Collins Group, which has been great for me.

Interview by Simon Borchardt

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