Peter Stringer On How He’s Managing To Still Play Professional Rugby Into His Forties
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Like a fine wine.
Peter Stringer recently signed a deal with Worcester Warriors meaning he will be playing elite level professional rugby in his forties.
The former Munster and Ireland number nine will turn 40 in December and has signed a 6-month contract with the Premiership side. He’s set to link up with old friend Donncha O’Callaghan who recently signed a new one-year deal at the ripe old age of 38.
Speaking to The Rugby Paper, Stringer puts his longevity down to his strict diet, and feels he’s fitter now than he was 20 years ago.
In the last five or six years I’ve concentrated on every element of my life with regard to diet and sleep,” said Stringer
“You look at all the little bits that make up your whole persona and that helps to motivate you.
“I’ve taken eating well to a whole new level to prolong my career and make the most of it. I’ll regret it forever if I don’t do everything possible to make sure I’m in the right state of mind and physical shape.
“I’m probably fitter now than I was 20 years ago. As long as my fitness scores are going up, I’ll carry on. I’ve looked for reasons to retire and I can’t see any.
“I can only see myself playing rugby – everything I do is to make that last as long as possible. I love the game and I’m a bit obsessed at this stage with keeping fit. It doesn’t take any talent to do it. It’s just a matter of wanting to do it.”