| 15°C Dublin

Don't blame my cakes for Dev in's weight woes -- chef Mary

LEINSTER giant Devin Toner has revealed how he has to battle to keep trim -- but his chef girlfriend insists it is nothing to do with her baking.

The 6ft 10in star, who will be on the bench for the boys in blue tomorrow, said that he tried to bulk up to improve his chances of being a first-choice player.

But Devin (25) found he actually struggled to keep toned and lose weight before the rugby season kicked off.

"It seems like ages ago now but back in the preseason, I tried to put on a bit of bulk. I try to use my size to make more of an impact," he said.

"I find it harder to take off weight. Putting on good weight is the trick but it is difficult when you're this size to get down low."

The lock said that he spent a lot of the off-season trying to add more steel to his tall frame but losing the bad weight proved the most difficult ordeal.

However, his girlfriend Mary Scott, who runs a specialised bakery business Cake Chick, said that she had banned Devin from tasting her products.

"He is not allowed near my cakes," she told the Herald.

"He has a slower metabolism. God love him, he only has to look at a cake and he puts it on. He's just a bit unfortunate like that. He has to keep to a strict diet and training.

"So there is lots of happy cooking in our house."

Mary (24), who was the runner up on Celebrity Head Chef on TV3, said that her business of making cakes for all occasions is going from strength to strength.

She admitted that she is luckier than most in her genes but it doesn't stop her teasing her other half.

"I take after my mum in a little bit -- she has an incredible metabolism," Mary said.

"I like to torture him sometimes and ask 'what does this chocolate fudge cake taste like, Devin?'"

The tallest player in the Heineken Cup, Toner said that he is expecting a battle royale this evening despite the fact that Cardiff's form has been less than impressive in the build up to the big quarter-final.


"I don't think we're going to look into their result much, Glasgow is a really hard place to go to and win. Because of that game they're going to find it hard to make the top four so they are going to come all guns blazing for this game," he said.

The big man was unable to force his way into Joe Schmidt's starting XV this weekend but believes Brad Thorn's arrival in Dublin will be of huge benefit to him even though he starts ahead of him.

"Brad [Thorn] is someone I view as another second row I can learn from. He's had a huge impact on the squad and he brings a wealth of experience," he said.