The young rugby star with the bottle to start his own business business

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While his Gloucester rugby teammates prepare for the next game, Jake Polledri is busy in his garage. This is the headquarters of Just Pressed Cider, his new company, conceived in the first lockdown and expanding due to a knee injury to keep him off the field and focus on other pursuits.

“It was a good opportunity to take stock and think about the future. The Rugby Players Association advises us to look into business ideas so that there is something after rugby and this is a rare chance to advance an idea that has been in the pipeline for two years. I don’t want to be one of those players who retire at 35 and have that massive wake up call because I haven’t thought about it