December 4, 2013

Rhys Priestland Interview

December 4, 2013
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Vital Statistics

Name: Rhys Priestland

Age: 26

Clubs: Scarlets

Height: 6ft 2

Weight: Between 91kg and 94kg

Sponsors: Nike

Twitter: @Rhys_Priestland


How long have you been a professional rugby player?

I have been a professional rugby player since the age of 19 (7 years)


How did you become a professional?

I went away to Bristol University to study Economics & Finance. I had no intention of becoming a rugby player and wanted to concentrate on a career in the financial industry. I had played for the Scarlets under 18 and 20 sides and was shocked when they offered me a 3 year development contract. Thought I’d give it a go and had to transfer universities twice in order to complete my degree.


Biggest influence on your career to date?

My biggest influence would have to be my old PE teacher Mr Elias. He was great all the way through school and I remember him telling me not to give up rugby when I told him I had no intention of taking rugby seriously once I went away to university.


Proudest sporting achievement?

My proudest sporting achievement was singing the national anthem before the opening game of the World Cup in 2011 against South Africa.


Rhys Priestland Wales Interview


How many meals do you eat per day?

I try to eat 6 meals a day but that can be hard to fit in around my training day.


What keeps you motivated?

My main motivation is the fact that I can go to work every day and genuinely say that I enjoy it. I don’t think there’s many people who are fortunate enough to be able to say that. Also rupturing my Achilles last year made me realise how fortunate I am to be a rugby player.


Do you still set yourself short term goals? If so, what are they?

I try not to set myself goals as I’ve found in the past that they don’t really work for me. I just try and work hard and enjoy myself at the same time.


How often to you train in the gym?

In a normal week with games a week apart I’d probably do 3 weights sessions. It’s probably not enough for me to stay at my ideal playing weight but with rugby matches being as physical as they are now it’s very hard to do a lot of training for a few days after the game.


What is your favourite exercise and why?

My favourite exercise would have to be some sort of core exercise involving a Swiss ball. Before my injury I was pretty poor at those sort of exercises but saw a big improvement throughout my rehabilitation period.


What supplements do you use?

At the moment I take protein shakes and also Pro Omega 3. During pre season I took AGF and also beta alanine.


Rhys Priestland Wales Interview


Favorite motivational quote?

‘Dulcius ex asperis’


What do you like to do when you’re not training (hobbies)?

In the summer month I enjoy playing as much golf as I can but as soon as the September/October comes the clubs are out away until the following Summer


Best player you have played with?

Best player I have played with is Regan King


Best player you have played against?

Best player I have played against is Sonny Bill Williams


Any words of wisdom to young rugby players?

My words of wisdom would be make sure you enjoy it.

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