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Rugby gun fashioning a career off the field

There’s not a lot Jack Grant likes to do more than play rugby with his mates, except work with them perhaps.

And this son of a former Wallaby and NRL player gets to do both.

The Eastern Suburbs speedster, who scored four tries in the final round of the Shute Shield regular season last Saturday, is gearing up for the clubs preliminary final against Eastwood on Sunday.

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But away from the field, Grant and mate Clarrie Moore created the North Bondi Motorino social club, a lifestyle brand set up initially as a social club between friends who had just got bike licences.

Grant’s main role with the company is as creative director and clothing designer.

Jack Grant and teammate Charlie Smith in his company designs.
media_cameraJack Grant and teammate Charlie Smith in his company designs.

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“I do it with a mate I met at Easts and it just started as a little thing,” he said.

“I made a few T-shirts and everyone liked them so we made some more.”

Grant grew up, in Orange and started his rugby career with the Orange City Lions before attending St Stanislavsky College in Bathurst.

The son of Wallaby and former Balmain Tigers player James Grant studied interior design before starting the company but still has aspirations of playing professional football.

“My goal is still to play as high as I can. I’d like to make the next level,” he said.

Earlier this year Grant was midway through a season in Japan playing in Osaka for NTT Docomo when coronavirus struck and he rushed home.

Eastern Suburbs have been one of the form teams of the comp in recent weeks.
media_cameraEastern Suburbs have been one of the form teams of the comp in recent weeks.

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Now he’s part of a resurgent Eastern Suburbs side on an eight-game winning stark who have hit top form after a slow start to the season to be a firm favourite for Shute Shield honours in 2020.

In fact Eastwood were the last team Easts were beaten by back in round four before their bye, downed 17-20 by their rivals .

“We’re pretty excited,” Grant said.

“We owe then one from last year. They knocked us out of the finals so we want revenge.”

Eastern Suruns rugby player and street label owner Jack Grant. Pic: Karen Watson.
media_cameraEastern Suruns rugby player and street label owner Jack Grant. Pic: Karen Watson.

PRELIMINARY FINAL

Saturday: Pittwater Rugby Park

Northern Suburbs v Sydney University, 1:55pm

Gordon v Randwick, 4pm

Sunday: Pittwater Rugby Park

Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood, 3pm

Source: Daily Telegraph

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