One of the hardest parts of adapting to life without rugby is replacing the bond you once shared with your team-mates. It’s difficult to make the transition to ‘Civvy Street’ after being an integral part of such a tight-knit unit for so many years.
When former Newcastle Falcons prop, Jonny Golding, spoke to the Players’ Room in 2013 he said that this would be one hardest parts of retirement to deal with. So what did he do about it? Well he decided to launch ‘Tribe’, a bespoke range of wooden accessories. Golding has also managed to keep things in the Falcons family with the help of close friend, and former Falcons’ team-mate, Tane Tu’ipulotu, who alongside a burgeoning coaching career works part-time on the project.
So where did the inspiration for the business come from: “I comes from my love for the outdoors, my family and I all live on the beach in Northumberland and I wanted to create lifestyle products that fit well with like-minded people who love adventures. Myself, Tane and Jimmy Gopperth were all really keen surfers during our time at Newcastle, we used to spend any spare moment we had discussing where we could escape to on a surf trip.
“Tane’s a very close friend of mine and with him retiring as well I really wanted to get him involved in the business. He’s an extremely intelligent and likeable guy who is always willing to give up his spare time to help me out in between his already very hectic schedule as he is currently doing his coaching and P.T courses.