Ospreys players will get the best nutrition advice available this season after it was confirmed that one of the UK's leading experts in the field will work with the region two days a week.
Jon Wiilliams, who will be well known to many in the squad through his existing role as National Team Nutritionist at the WRU, has been employed by the Ospreys on a consultancy basis, to provide guidance and educational support to both the senior squad and the Eyasses on an ongoing basis.
38-year old Williams, who graduated in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Wales, has a wealth of experience in a sports environment, having worked with a wide range of football and rugby clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.
Speaking about his new role with the Ospreys, Williams commented:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to come on board at the Ospreys to provide a service to the seniors and the elite youth development players, ensuring that their physical development is supported by good nutritional habits.
“The Ospreys are always looking to push the boundaries in what they do, there is a huge amount of talent in the side and they are already a physically powerful team. By being here to provide good nutritional support and advice, my aim is to further their progress, individually and as a team.”
Elite Performance Director, Andrew Hore, welcomed Jon to the Ospreys, saying:
“With this appointment, once again the Directors have shown their commitment to developing players in the region. Jon will be bringing with him a great deal of knowledge and experience that will benefit the Ospreys immensely. I’m delighted to welcome him to the team, his appointment is a key one. He has shown in his work with the WRU that he is one of the leading sports nutrition experts, and his presence at the region will make a big difference over the coming season.
“Initially he will work with the players in the A, B and C groups, but we see this role then developing to allow him to focus on our age-grade teams and also, the District sides that will form an integral part of our development pathway. By encouraging young players to form good habits at the very start of their career, the long term benefits to the region are clear in terms of developing players who are better equipped for a career in professional rugby.”