Former Springbok Pat Lambie is set to serve as a kicking consultant at the Sharks.
Lambie retired from rugby at the beginning of this year due to the ongoing effects from head knocks, and in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, he details the ultimate reason behind that decision.
‘One of the reasons I had to stop playing is because no specialist could tell me what the consequences of another head knock would be, or if I would ever be able to take another big collision without experiencing symptoms.’
In that same interview, Lambie explained that he was not convinced about moving into a coaching role, but that he would consider serving as a consultant or even a mentor.
It’s since been confirmed by Rapport that he will be fulfilling the role of a kicking consultant with his former team, the Sharks.
Since returning to South Africa from France a few months ago, Lambie joined the Collins Group, a company that he spent some time doing work experience with during his playing days.
‘They are involved in a few different things, including property development, tourism, private equity and farming. I am trying to learn as much as I can whilst applying some of the things that I have learnt in the professional sporting world and through my degree,’ he tells SA Rugby magazine.
Lambie adds that he has been very encouraged by the progress made by the Boks under Rassie Erasmus.
‘The Springboks have been shaping up really well over the last 18 months. It is very encouraging to see the confidence within the group growing, the depth in so many positions now, and the aura around the Springbok team again. I believe that we can beat any one on our day.’
Get your hands on the latest SA Rugby magazine, which is on sale this week, to enjoy the full Q&A with Lambie.