Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
Scottish Rugby Sevens
About Paul Bunce
Paul is currently the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Scottish Rugby Sevens team. Passionate about rugby he used to play club rugby for Wellington Harlequins in Waikato. Paul worked with The Diet Consultant when he was heading up the Strength and Conditioning department for Bath Rugby from 2008. He was one of the first coaches at Bath Rugby to recognise the importance of a having a permanent nutritionist on board to support the team and their performance.
Sharmain worked successfully with Bath Rugby during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons as the teams Nutritionist. These were successful seasons for Bath, making the semi finals of the Guinness Premiership (both seasons) and quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup (2008/09).
During this time, Sharmain’s responsibilities included; assessing and monitoring 1st team players diets and body composition, advising on supplements to aid performance and recovery, producing and implementing specific nutrition resources and strategies, she worked well with the catering team to improve the club meals and snacks and effectively communicated player reports back to the coaching staff and management.
While working with Sharmain, I found her to be well organized, hard working, approachable and credible. She was able to build a good rapport with staff and team. She was prepared to work long hours and juggle a full time job in order to uphold the requirements of her role at Bath Rugby.
Most importantly, Sharmain was able to establish clearly and in simple terms the fundamental components of nutrition to players. This resulted in very good results and significant off the field developments in our nutrition program.