All Black Beauden Barrett

PHOTO: GETTY All Black Beauden Barrett is listed as a director of The Triangle Limited, a residential rental company, and Beaudy Properties, a residential property investment business, according to the NZ Companies Register.

This story was first published in September

With the weight of a nation on their shoulders and an army of obsessive fans to please, being an All Black is all about preparation, down to the finest detail.

As the All Blacks attempt an unprecedented third consecutive Rugby World Cup win in Japan, the squad will try and put four years of meticulous practice to good work out on the field.

Off the field, too, All Blacks and other top professionals are busy preparing for their future. Rugby’s increasing commercial appeal has brought greater riches to the game in recent years, presenting more financial opportunities for stars.

Players are taking better care of their finances early in their career, watching what they invest in, and how much they save, and how much risk they take.

Top players like skipper Kieran Read are said to earn up to $1 million a year these days with New Zealand Rugby, and legends like Dan Carter and Richie McCaw still reap the rewards of major endorsements four years on from the last Rugby World Cup.

As the All Blacks plot their continued dominance with the oval ball, more work is going on behind the scenes to help players manage their wealth.