Friday 22 February 2019

Video: Irish International Robbie Henshaw on his struggle to consume 4,000 calories a day

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw in action during squad training this week at Carton House. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw in action during squad training this week at Carton House. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Ever wondered what kind of food professional rugby player eats?

In this new released video by Aviva, Robbie Henshaw (22) shares details of his eating plan and proves that he is just as partial to a 'treat day' as anyone else.

When the Irish team are in camp all of their food is prepared by the national nutritionist, which Robbie admits means the players don't have to make any effort.

His eating plan states that he has to consume 3,500 - 4,000 kcals a day, a task which he says is sometimes a struggle.

"It can be hard to hit the target.

"I like to mix and match, one day I'll have meat, the next day I'll have fish.

"I follow the plan for 5 days and then I have two cheat days," he says with a smile.

Henshaw admits that playing for Ireland was his childhood dream, and he takes the responsibility that his role brings very seriously.

"I will always do my absolute best, I'm there to do a job," he adds

Since the November internationals last year, Henshaw has become a regular starter for Joe Schmidt and is expected to feature heavily in Ireland's Rugby World Cup campaign this autumn.

The highlight of the Connacht centre's career to date was his first international try against England when he showed incredible athleticism to out-jump Alex Goode in the corner and dot down.

It was a big moment for the entire Henshaw family.

"I saw Mum and Dad in the crowd and gave the thumbs up," he said.

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