As an elite-level athlete, nutrition plays an extremely important role in the development of a rugby player, and not just rugby, preparation for any particular sport needs to be starting from the kitchen.
Sources of lean protein and muscle recovery are known to be coming from the most obvious foods such as eggs or lean meat.
However, in recent years, athletes are now switching to the producers in the food chain, by approaching the idea of becoming a vegan.
With this, it becomes extremely difficult for an athlete to find their sources of protein and recover every ounce of damaged muscle that they have in their bodies.
1. Mirco Bergamasco
The former Italian international turned vegan thanks to is Iranian wife Safavi Ati. The couple now run a vegan restaurant in Podova called ‘Doodyzbar‘.
2. Darren Dawidiuk
The former Gloucester hooker put himself on a vegan diet and upped his fitness work to prepare himself for cancer treatment in 2017. He’s since been declared cancer-free after a six-month battle with the disease.