Roc Nation Sports, a sports management company founded by US rapper Jay-Z, has reportedly made its first foray into rugby union, with the signing of recent World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi.
The South African has been in the UK recently following his lifting of the Webb Ellis Cup earlier this month, with the long-term Liverpool fan heading to Anfield to see the Premier League side take on Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
According to South African media personality Robert Marawa and multiple media outlets, Kolisi also met with Roc Nation Sports International president Michael Yormark at the company’s London offices and has agreed to be represented by the organisation.
No details on the arrangement have been made public yet, although neither the South Africa Rugby Union or Rugby Football Union list any staff from Roc Nation Sports as accredited agents on their official lists, potentially indicating that Roc Nation Sports will look after Kolisi’s commercial interests rather than his rugby commitments.
It’s an interesting move for rugby union, with the US-based company boasting the financial muscle to establish themselves as a global agency within the sport should they wish to.
Set up in 2013 in partnership with Creative Artists Agency, Roc Nation Sports has grown quickly and boast clients such as basketball superstar Kyrie Irving, boxer Andre Ward and a number of NFL standouts, including Ronnie Stanley, Saquon Barkley and Todd Gurley.
Article was sourced from Rugby Pass
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