Fit And Fab

Rugby player has yet to see newborn baby

Horie's team, Sunwolves, will play their next Super Rugby match at the Singapore National Stadium on March 25. Their opponents will be the South African team, Stormers.
Horie's team, Sunwolves, will play their next Super Rugby match at the Singapore National Stadium on March 25. Their opponents will be the South African team, Stormers.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The professional, who also plays in the Japan Top League, is now on the Super Rugby tour

Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?

A I avoid oily items and fast food and eat only non-processed food. I usually opt for grilled food and steamed rice.

Q Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?

A I used to play soccer in primary school. When I stopped, I gained a lot of weight. I was 12 years old then and weighed a hefty 80kg.

Q What is your diet like?

A My diet depends on my current weight, which I need to maintain at 106kg. If I gain weight, I can easily get injured and if I lose weight, my performance decreases.

Q What are your indulgences?

A I don't usually indulge in food, although I like fast food, burgers and fried chicken.

Q What do you do to relax?

A When I'm in Japan, I would spend time with my family. When I'm on tour, I would go sightseeing or hang out at the mall with my teammates. I also find music relaxing.

Q What's your favourite and least favourite part of your body?

A I am fond of my eyebrows, which are quite thick and untouched. My least favourite would be the size of my face - it's a bit big (laughs).

Q What are your must-dos before and after a match?

  • Bio Box

  • SHOTA HORIE

    Age: 31

    Height: 1.80m

    Weight: 106kg

    Horie, a professional rugby player, began playing the game when he was in primary school in Osaka, Japan. He captained the rugby team at Teikyo University in Tokyo, where he was studying for an economics degree.

    He joined Japan's national team in 2009 and played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

    His career in the Super Rugby franchise started when he was playing in New Zealand for Otago in the 2012 National Provincial Championship.

    He joined the HITO- Communications Sunwolves team when Super Rugby started a franchise in Japan last year. Horie is married with two daughters. His parents are retirees and he has an older brother.

A I do some stretching and listen to music before a match. After a match, I will listen to music and, sometimes, drink beer or whisky.

Q What is the most extreme thing you have done in the name of fitness or diet?

A When I was at university, I heard that eating beef would cause one to become fat. So I stopped eating beef for a year or so.

Q What sacrifices have you made for your career?

A It is quite tough during the Super Rugby tour season from January to July. After that, it is the start of the Japan Top League (domestic season). My wife gave birth recently but I have not had the chance to see my newborn daughter.

Q How extensive is your collection of sports-related paraphernalia?

A My father keeps everything for me. I want to keep the jersey from my last game, though, when I retire.

Q Would you go for plastic surgery?

A No, even if I become more handsome, there won't be a direct impact on my rugby performance.

Q Do you think you're sexy?

A No, there are players in the team who are sexier than me. I think I need to gain more muscle.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2017, with the headline 'Rugby player has yet to see newborn baby'. Print Edition | Subscribe