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Peter Stringer Reveals The Simple Secret To His Age-Defying Career

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Former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer continues to defy the conventional ravages of time as he prepares for his 20th season as a professional rugby player.

Approaching 40 years of age, the man from Cork continues to defy conventional logic as he enjoys pre-season training with new club Worcester Warriors, his fifth (including two loan spells with Saracens and Newcastle) Aviva Premiership club since departing his beloved Munster back in 2011.

With almost 350 club appearances and a further 103 international caps between Ireland, the Wolfhounds and the Barbarians, Stringer stands alone when it comes to experience.

Now, as the old man of the squad, Stringer has revealed the strict management of his diet and sleep has him feeling fitter now than he was 20 years ago.

Reported by Talking Rugby Union, the Irish legend reveals how the love of the game has kept him striving for more.

“In the last five or six years I’ve concentrated on every element of my life with regard to diet and sleep. You look at all the little bits that make up your whole persona and that helps to motivate you.

“I’ve taken eating well to a whole new level to prolong my career and make the most of it. I’ll regret it forever if I don’t do everything possible to make sure I’m in the right state of mind and physical shape.

“I’m probably fitter now than I was 20 years ago. As long as my fitness scores are going up, I’ll carry on. I’ve looked for reasons to retire and I can’t see any.

“I can only see myself playing rugby – everything I do is to make that last as long as possible. I love the game and I’m a bit obsessed at this stage with keeping fit. It doesn’t take any talent to do it. It’s just a matter of wanting to do it.”

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold is full of praise for his latest signing.

“Everywhere Strings goes people raise eyebrows, because you don’t expect a 39-year-old to still be able to run the tests and keep up with the youngsters, and have the decision-making ability that he still has.”

Stringer’s simple advice, work ethic and genuine love for the game should be the blueprint for any young rugby player looking to push on and chase their dreams of becoming a professional.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.