With the NRL season set to kick off this Thursday night, Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis chats with editor Caitlin Reid about rugby league, life and what it really takes to succeed.
From winning premierships to pulling on the Australian, All-Stars and Queensland jerseys, Greg Inglis a.k.a. GI has already achieved so much in rugby league. But this Thursday night he will add to his achievements, by running out as the captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2015 NRL season. GI might be one of the most exciting players to watch, but he is also one of the most humble and down-to-earth off the field. Here he reveals what it’s really like to be Greg Inglis.
What does it take to get you on the field each week?
Time and effort. Time being to make sure I prepare for the next week correctly. Things like making sure that I’m putting the right fuel in body before that match. Effort is a disciplinary act where you don’t take short cuts and go for the easy option. From one game to another, my prep starts as soon as I step off the field to make sure that I am ready to deliver the following game for my team.
What does your week look like?
Week in terms of training is pretty much a 9-5 job. The only thing different is that we are training our body and mind to go into physical battle every week. Days off, I like to sit back and relax with the family. I try to do family things as often as I can because it takes a lot of sacrifice to become an NRL player.
What’s your day on a plate?
Breakfast: Before early weight session Vegemite and wholemeal or multigrain or rye toast (before weights), milky coffee maybe a juice
After weights: Protein shake
Lunch/Midmorning: 2 fried eggs with side of ham/bacon and 1 piece of multigrain toast
Snack before field session: Fruit and nuts
Post-field Recovery: Protein shake and yoghurt
Dinner: Chicken/steak/fish and vegetables with brown rice or pasta. After a big training day or before a game, I’ll have pasta to refuel my body and prepare for the next session.
Your main goal for 2015?
To win another premiership.
How do you feel to be captain?
When I got the phone call from both the boys, Madge and Sutto, I asked myself a question “Am I ready to lead this team and this club?” The answer I kept coming back to was “Yes”. First of all it is a great honour to be leading such a great club and secondly, I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of blokes to be leading each week.
What is your advice for getting through hard times?
My only advice is the great Muhammad Ali’s famous quote: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.”
What do you think the key to success is?
What you believe in. If you believe in yourself and your team, you can do impossible things. The key to success is the pathway to where you want to go.
What else do you want to achieve?
Ultimately, to win a few more premierships before I retire. When I leave this game I want to leave a good legacy behind me with who or what team I place for.
How has your son Nate changed you?
Nate has changed me in a way that you can’t describe unless you are a parent. It is a feeling of joy when you get home. A feeling of ultimately being complete! When I open the door and see his face, I realise the day isn’t that bad.
If you weren’t playing league, what would you be doing?
Travelling! Backpacking around the world.
About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.