Ruggaworld’s Benedict Chanakira got to speak to Andre Pretorius on his life after a successful career in rugby…
Hi, how are you Andre?
I am great thanks.
How has retirement been?
It’s been interesting up to now. Didn’t miss playing at all until January came, then I saw my mates busy with pre season and a small part of me started thinking…. But no it was the right call at the right time and I am happy with it.
How is the business venture?
The furniture business is doing really well but we will only launch on the 1st of May. I have since started working with the Investec International Coaching Academy which I am thankful for because that is really what I want to do and I like working with the boys and seeing the improvement. North West Reclaiming have also offered me a position with them and that is a whole new ballgame that I have to learn.
What have you been getting up to?
Well now that my weekends are free I get to spend more time with the family and my golf has improved considerably. We go fishing regularly too.
You recently managed huge success with Patria. The praise I have heard about your work there has been non stop. What has been your time there been like?
It was probably one of my best experiences ever. What a great bunch of guys and they are so committed. Henry Stewart our head coach also made things easier for me. I am still involved with them now for the upcoming Residence League.
What struggles have you faced as you swapped running in training sessions, to making others run?
I think the sorting of opportunities and where to get involved and where to stay away. I like to work with people I can trust and that’s what I am doing now.
Do you plan on furthering your coaching career?
Yes, yes and yes! That’s my passion and something I would do until the day I physically can’t. In saying that I have to add that I prefer the playing stress to the coaching stress.
Do you have a coaching mentor?
Eugene Eloff has always been my mentor and he spoke about my coaching career long before I even thought of it. So when I need some mentoring, he will be the man!
Thanks Andre, great catching up!
Always a pleasure!