As England takes the field this weekend against Italy this weekend, all eyes will be on how the forwards perform.
England got off to the perfect start under new boss Eddie Jones after a 15-9 win against Scotland last weekend in the Six Nations opener. One player in particular is bursting to get back in to make an impression, if he can stay in the squad.
According to many pundits, Matt Kvesic should be starting for England against Italy. The impressive back rower has been fantastic for Gloucester this season, but the form of James Haskell and the new role for Chris Robshaw is bad news for the German-born England international.
“If I have my body in the best nick possible and give it a good go, the pieces will come together”
What’s proving even more frustrating for the 23-year-old is yo-yo’ing in and out of the 25.
The argument for his inclusion started up again at Christmas, when Kvesic shone brightest against Harlequins at Twickenham. After a summer when England’s pack was called into question, it seemed logical that he was next in line but alas Jones has stuck to his guns.
His Gloucester boss David Humphries paid him a high compliment after that game by saying he’s a man for the big matches.
“It’s quite nice getting compliments like that from the boss,” Kvesic tells Loaded. “But it’s one of those things where I didn’t prepare any differently or train any differently than if I was preparing for a game in Kingsholm or wherever.
“All I do is make sure I have my body in the best nick possible and give it a good go. If I do that, then the pieces will fall together.”
Kvesic’s diet keeps him in great shape – but he admits it’s quite boring.
So what exactly does Kvesic eat? Here’s his guide to what keeps a good rugby union player in top nick.
7 day typical diet of Matt Kvesic:
Salmon or very lean bacon
Fresh fruit: melon
Pork or lamb
Heap loads of veg
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran