There’s a myriad of practical ways to nourish and hydrate for rugby, but one fact marries them all: rugby is a high-impact, high-energy sport that needs top quality balanced nutrition and proper hydration. BC Rugby Union Coaches, players, and parents can get exceptional information through many available resources including the World Rugby site and the National Coaching Certification modules on Nutrition and Prevention & Recovery.
On top of a well-balanced diet, the recreational player will need little more than effective hydration during the game and a good post-game meal within the hour. For performance players, the key aspects of nutrition follow the same principles, but diligence will pay off by avoiding junk and low-density nutritive foods on a regular basis. In some reports, game day performance may rely on meals and hydration as much as 2-4 days in advance of the game. The timing of meals, hydration, and electrolyte balance in the hours before kickoff are paramount. During an 80 minute game, elite players will have pre-game, in-game, and post-game nutrition mapped out in quantity, quality, and timing. For players with games multiple days in a row or later the same week, nutritional and hydration approaches can greatly impact capacity and performance in the next days.
For more specific information on effective nutrition, BC Rugby athletes have access to Provincial and National team staff, as well as Nutrition expertise of staff at the PacificSport Network and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.