Carys Phillips; playing the long game.

January 17, 2017

Introducing Carys Phillips, aged 24, Wales Women's International rugby player and member of Bristol Ladies rugby team.  Rugby runs in the blood of the Phillips family. Carys' father Rowland was a professional player earning numerous caps for the Welsh International team before he became a professional coach.

TRAINING BACKROUND : Strength and conditioning specific to rugby

AREA OF EXPERTISE : Rugby - power

What sparked your interest in rugby?

Family, and as a result of this started playing at the age of 8.

When did you realise you had the elite trait required to become an athlete?

I'm a non professional athlete playing elite level rugby and I've been an international player since I was 20.

What sacrifices have you had to make to stay at the top of your game?

As an amateur sport I have had to manage my training around my work commitments. This also impacts on my social life.

Have they been worth it and why?

Certainly, as this has allowed me to develop my rugby skills and conditioning which has now created the opportunity for me to captain my country.

How important is nutrition to your training program?

This is extremely important as it complements the hard work I put in and allows me to maximize my output with the right nutritional support.

What do you like about Botanic Lab?

I like the fact that the products are organic and I also like how they support elite athletes.

Do you ever switch off?

Yes, this is encouraged to allow me to recover mentally and physically.


I'm a keen spectator of other sports, listen to music, reading and watching TV.

Inspirational person?

My Father.

Best piece of advice you received?

Don't worry about the things you can't control.

Best advice you have to give?

There are no shortcuts to success and enjoy what you do.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Striving to be the best in another sport (rowing, netball, judo).

What is your definition of success?

Being the best you can possibly be, whatever you do.