40 minutes of a match
in which nobody loses

César Sempere. Rugby Player

In rugby, when a match ends,
it’s really only just begun. That’s
when the third half starts, a time
for dialogue that brings out all
of the values that make this
sport great.

When César Sempere started to play rugby
he had no idea what this sport would eventually give
him. As a kid he only thought about winning
matches, leagues and trophies. But at the time
he wasn’t aware of everything he would later learn
and all of the friendships he would end up making.

Over all of the years that César has been a top-level
player, the third half is what sticks in his mind the
most. It’s strange that the time spent off the
pitch when no goals are scored is the most valuable
thing in this sport. So much so, that César is
unable to conceive rugby without a third half
after the end of any game.

Because in the end, the third half has more to do
with life than with sport, and maybe that’s why it’s
so important in this game. That’s also probably
why anyone who plays or has played rugby at some
time will understand the importance of
spending their time learning and growing with
their team, the importance, and also the luck,
of having had a third half in their lives.

“The third half has more to do
with life than with sport, and
maybe that’s why it’s so important
in this game.”