We were delighted to welcome Australian Rugby great and Karma Ambassador Dane Haylett-Petty, his fiance and their baby to Karma Kandara last week – a favourite destination for the family. The elite full-back – who played for the Wallabies as well as leading clubs Western Force and Biaritz – was with us in Bali for a very special reason: he and his fiance will be celebrating their nuptials with us in Bali in June 2023 and we will be pulling outall the stops to make sure it is an unforgettable day… Dane was kind enough to sit down with us during his visit and answer a few questions about his illustrious career, his post-rugby life and his love of travel…
Q. How did you first get into rugby?
I was born in South Africa where rugby is a national pastime. I was a young boy living in South Africa during the ‘95 Rugby World Cup which South Africa won, so from a young age I dreamed of being an international rugby player.
Q. What was your standout international as a wallaby?
The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. It was my dream to play in a World Cup so it was special to be a part of it.
Q. What life lessons did you learn from your rugby career?
Rugby taught me that to achieve anything meaningful, hard work, perseverance, resilience and teamwork are required. Hopefully I can use those skills in my new career.
Q. How do you stay in shape since retiring?
12 months ago I opened a gym franchise (Fitstop Jolimont) in Perth, so I try to train there 3-4 days a week, while playing a bit of touch rugby too.
Q. Do you come to Bali often? What do you love about Karma Kandara?
6th time to Bali, and 5th time to Karma Kandara! We absolutely love it here. At the end of each season I would bring the family here to spend some quality time together. It’s a stunning location with unbeatable sunsets. It’s so easy to escape and relax here, whether by the pool, down at the beach or at the spa. We hardly ever leave the resort with so many options to eat and drink. It’s a special place for us. We’ve chosen Karma Kandara as our wedding destination next June.