Lifelong Wales rugby fan Ryan Marshall from Torquay won an opportunity to experience a day in the life of an international rugby player at the Millennium Stadium. This day consisted of training with Wales national coaches and rugby heroes Scott Quinnell and Tom Shanklin.
The day provided a rare insight into not only the training sessions players regularly go through, but also how they prepare for match days.
Ryan won the chance to attend this day after being selected from hundreds of people who entered a national competition which ran on Powerade bottles throughout the Six Nations.
The day began with Ryan arriving through the player’s entrance before making his way into the home dressing room to find his kit laid out for him just like his many rugby heroes before him. Once Ryan was changed and weighed in, he received top health and fitness advice from the national team nutritionist, John Williams.
He was then given a team talk from Scott Quinnell before running through the iconic tunnel out onto the famous pitch to be put through his paces in a rigorous training session by national fitness coach, Adam Beard.
To complete the international training experience Ryan then took an ice bath to cool off before completing his day quizzing Quinnell and Shanklin about their glittering rugby careers.