Olly Kohn talks to Sky Sports about juggling playing for Harlequins and running his business
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 28/11/12 2:59pm
Harlequins lock Olly Kohn has no plans to hang up his boots despite the increasing demands away from the sport.
Kohn has gone on to make 128 appearances for the club since joining from Bristol in 2006, with the 31-year-old helping Quins to the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Aviva Premiership titles in the past two seasons.
However Kohn juggles playing with his role of managing director of the Jolly Hog and Sausage Company - a business he set up with his brother Josh.
And just as Quins go from strength-to-strength on the rugby pitch, Kohn's business is expanding at a rapid rate.
"It is hectic as I have two kids as well," Kohn told Sky Sports. "I'm lucky, though, that I have great support. My brothers, wife and family are all involved.
"It has got a lot bigger than I ever thought it would. We've been going for five years now and it has grown in to a beast.
"It is great fun, though. It is important for me that when I stop playing I have something I enjoy to turn to. I don't want to stop playing yet and I hope I have a few years left at Quins."
Kohn founded the company with Josh due to their "out and out love of food", with their middle brother Max joining the company a year ago.
"The missus bought me a sausage-making machine five years ago and that was the start," added Kohn. "When I was injured I was able to use my time to work on the business and it has grown from there. We are all really passionate about what we do."
Success has not been limited to the business world for Kohn, though, with Quins finally winning the trophies to match their illustrious brand.
And Kohn believes the arrival of Conor O'Shea as director of rugby has played a major role in the club's success - with the side currently top of the Premiership table and their Heineken Cup pool, and unbeaten in the LV= Cup.
"The start to the season has shown the strength-in-depth that we now have at the club," said Kohn.
"To be challenging in all three competitions is fairly special. I'm really pleased with where we are at the moment and I'm delighted to be involved.
"We've done well for the past two years, so we know what it takes to win and the hard work that is needed.
"Conor coming in kick-started it for us but the group of players here have now been together for a good period of time and we have real belief in what we are doing."
Although the defending champions - who face Worcester on Friday - are in pole position in the Premiership, just six points separates the top eight teams.
And after losing to Bath last time out, Kohn knows how tight it will be for silverware this time around.
"We have to be on our mettle all the time," he added . "Everyone wants to knock you off your perch but we know how hard it is to be up there and how hard you have to fight to stay there."