This is a huge occasion for the South African national side as they look to retain the cup they won for the third time in 2019. Should their squad of highly talented players get their hands on the Webb Ellis Cup once again, then they will have made history as the first side to have ever won four World Cups.
One player who excels in both areas, is world-class scrummager, Ox Nché.
Sitting down and discussing his meal preparation ahead of the tournament, Nché expressed his keen affinity for cake being the reason he’s able to stay in such strong shape:
“Salads do not win scrums. I truly believe that. That’s why Cheslin is on the wing and I’m in the front row,
“I don’t count calories, I count slices of cake. I enjoy a chocolate caramel. It’s too late now, but I did have a slice during the week, so I should be good to go.”
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“I don’t count calories, I count slices of cake.” pic.twitter.com/TYCkFSZ5ab
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) August 16, 2023
Recently returning from injury, the 28-year-old is keen to get back into action: “I tore the muscle in gym,” Nché noted. “But I’m excited to get a chance to play and I want to make a good impression. I plan to take each game in my stride and just do my best.”
It was not all plain sailing for the Springbok prop during his time off, as the 18 stone Sharks player explained: “It crossed my mind a few times that I may not make the World Cup group because everyone was playing well and the team was progressing nicely. But I’m grateful to be here and I plan to give my best.”
“When you have an injury, you have to work twice as hard as the other players so that you can prepare yourself for the collisions and demands of the game, so it’s good to be here.”