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10/10/2015

The James O’Connor Interview Part Two

In the final part of our interview with James O’Connor we discuss mental strength, eating clean and how to pick a good red wine! On the benefits of eating clean… The most important thing I have noticed is that diet and nutrition affects your mental state just as much as your physical state – if not more. I find eating well really aids motivation and consequently you then continue to eat better, it really is a positive cycle. When you’re eating fresh and clean, you feel so much better and... Read More

08/10/2015

The James O’Connor Interview Part One

In part one of our interview, we catch up with James O’Connor to talk surgery, Fried Chicken and his secret to success. On motivation… Like anyone else, I totally have those days where I lack motivation. I love any competitive training associated with rugby, but without a doubt the area I find most challenging is the gym. Occasionally you have to squeeze in two gym workouts in one day, those are the kind of days when even a strong coffee won’t work! I find once you begin training you’re alright... Read More

05/10/2015

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA: An Eggchasers Experience

A Canterbury inspired England v Australia Rugby World Cup match experience by Phil Largan of the Eggchasers Rugby Podcast If you are an England Rugby fan (like I am) there is a good chance that you won’t want to read this. There is also a good chance that you will want to forget all about rugby for a long, long time in the wake of last night’s disastrous end to another Rugby World Cup. But, despite what a lot of the English press would have you believe, this World Cup... Read More

30/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 3

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 3 Indulging, getting game ready and top advice. On indulging… I definitely have a sweet tooth, for my ultimate indulgence it has to be anything sweet, I absolutely love chocolate! If Phoebe and I are out having dinner, I will always want to look at the dessert menu. On Saturday night we went out for a steak and I had a nice Eton Mess for dessert, it was amazing! We don’t have many takeaways but my favourite would have to be Thai, which I guess isn’t... Read More

29/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 2

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 2 On his nickname ‘Slammin’ Sam’, body hang ups and changing codes. On taking care of his body… From a young age, I’ve always had a love of food and a real passion for cooking at home. Nutrition has always been important to me, and I enjoy learning how certain foods can affect my body and performance. The longer I’ve been in the game, the more I have learnt how to look after my body, when I was younger – like many lads, you don’t... Read More

28/09/2015

Rob Vickerman: My verdict on England v Wales

Highlights: The game had the highest level of build-up I have seen since 2003, perhaps even more so than the final in 2011! The dreaded ‘pool of death’ has created hype surrounding the pressures of the three teams, Australia, England and Wales in that conversations have been discussing who it would be that fails to make the quarter finals. Pressure brings about so much constraint in test matches as players simply don’t want to make an error. A fear of failure is prominent as teams work each other out, playing for penalties –... Read More

21/09/2015

Japan have re-written history…

Brighton and Hove were hosting what was supposed to be a run of the mill rugby match with a conventional outcome. However the stadium was home to one of the greatest sporting fairy tales ever seen. Japan, ranked 13th before the match were set to play the big South African brutes, ranked 3rd in the world (prior to the match), you can see where this blog is going… Japan were not phased by the Bok’s physicality or reputation as 2 time RWC winners, starting with a calm and relaxed aura,... Read More

21/09/2015

5 POINTS FOR ENGLAND… SURELY IT’S A DREAM START

England vs Fiji England started the opening game of the RWC 2015 in a subdued and shaky fashion. The first kick-off was left to be gathered by the turf which would have infuriated the England staff, who pride themselves on doing basics well. England leapt into a 15-0 lead courtesy of a Ford Penalty, a penalty try and Mike Brown going over in the corner. Fiji refusing to lie down forced their way back into the match, scoring a beautifully worked cross-field kick after a powerful scrummage. In the final... Read More

20/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 1

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 1 Hover boards, Ex on the Beach, and being a Guinea Pig. On training whilst on holiday… On my last holiday to Santorini, I was up at 7am to get in the gym; it was just a treadmill session and some weights – just to keep me ticking over! Even on holiday, I try and do some kind of exercise, especially because both my fiancée and I love our food, and so it allows us to really enjoy ourselves when eating out. We try to... Read More

11/09/2015
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The classic winter warmer

A classic winter warmer, Shepherd’s Pie is guaranteed to hit the spot after a long training session outside. We like to freeze additional portions, to make easy mid-week dinners for when time isn’t on your side. Here is the classic transformed into a replenishing, muscle bulking dish – a culinary sensation. You will need: 400g of Lean Beef Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves 2 Carrots 1 Large Onion 100g of Lentils 500ml of Beef Stock 5 Sweet Potatoes 150g of Pro-biotic Yoghurt Method: Slice all vegetables into small chunks Heat... Read More