The RFU have launched a website to improve the diets of young players.
In order to improve the diets of thousands of young rugby players across the country, the RFU has launched foodforrugby.org to provide youngsters with important nutritional advice to get them in peak physical shape for the rugby season.
The website provides information such as the ’10 nutrition commandments’ which tells young players to ‘consume regularly’, ‘eat rainbows’ and ‘not be carbophobic’.
It’s an important step in the RFU’s drive to improve the standards of young players and coaches across the country and will help to educate young players to look after their bodies more to ensure they are in the best shape they can be.
The website also includes recipe ideas for players, ‘shopping lists’, quizzes and important guidance on the use of supplements. The move by the RFU has all the hallmarks of Stuart Lancaster and one has to wonder if he had any involvement in its development before he left his post as England head coach.
The website and programme was created in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore’s University, who are already working with England’s age grade and senior teams, offering nutritional advice.
England flanker James Haskell also emphasised the important of nutrition on Twitter with this sage Tweet:
Diet is 70% of everything you do when trying to get into shape, or playing sport. It doesn’t… https://t.co/11IjWF8SFp
— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) March 24, 2016
Given Eddie Jones’ desire to make his players ‘30% fitter’ this seems like an intelligent and well thought out move from the RFU as it continues to improve it’s work with grassroots teams and players.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena