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Life after Wasps: Fraser Waters

In the second installment of our new series, we caught up with former Wasps favourite Fraser Waters.

Waters was a star for Wasps

Waters was a star for Wasps

Waters with Josh Lewsey after the 2007 Heineken Cup Final

Waters with Josh Lewsey after the 2007 Heineken Cup Final

At home with his two boys

At home with his two boys

The former Wasps centre was an integral part of the Club's success over a ten year period, with over 200 London Wasps appearances to his name. Fraser was the Man of the Match in the Heineken Cup Final in 2007.

How did you find life initially adjusting to not playing rugby anymore?
I was delighted to not feel battered and bruised every day! At the end of every long season, it’s great having a rest period to relax, particularly if you have something to show for all the hard work. Obviously I was lucky to win a few things with Wasps, but at the end of my career I won the Italian championship with Treviso so that was great as well. I guess that last off-season was just extended, so I had a great time taking my time travelling through Europe back to the UK with my family.

What did you do immediately after retiring?
After travelling around Italy, Croatia, Switzerland and France, we arrived back to our house in London just in time for the arrival of my second son, Bertie.

Tell us about your current job?
I’m the Broker Relationship Manager for Talbot Underwriting, a Lloyd’s syndicate, which writes around £600m of premium across various lines of business including marine, aviation, property, construction, accident & health and terrorism. Virtually all our income is produced through Lloyd’s brokers, so I look to ensure that we see as much business as possible from all the 120+ broking firms we work with.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about it?
The Lloyd’s market is a great secret, which can only be appreciated if you’re in it. It retains its face to face trading so relationships are all important and competition is fierce which makes it a fun environment to work in.

What did you find difficult when you started?
Shaving and putting a suit on every day! Seriously, it is a shock to the system! Being a rugby player does not prepare you for the outside world! I didn’t appreciate how much time you have on your hands as a rugby player.

What advice would you give to players who retire?
The advice should really be more about before you retire. Firstly play as long as possible, but also while you’re still playing, look to get some experience in different industries to see what’s out there for life after.

Are you still involved in rugby?
No, other than taking my son to Battersea Ironside minis. I was quite happy to leave it for a while, but I’m starting to feel like getting more involved in some capacity now.

Do you still follow Wasps/watch games or go to games?
Yes definitely. I’ve only been back to Wycombe a couple of times since leaving but I always watch when they’re on TV.

What’s the best thing about being retired?
No more runways! And any other brutal sessions the fitness lot would make up!

And the worst?
Missing the feeling in the changing room after winning a tough game.

What’s your favourite memory from your time at Wasps?
There were so many; but winning our first Heineken Cup was immense. It had been a brutal season, beating Munster in the semi-final at Lansdowne road was good but would have meant little without beating Toulouse in the final.

To read Life After Wasps with Tom Voyce see here