Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has revealed he lost a whopping 5lbs in body weight during his side’s World Cup opener against Fiji.
Biggar starred for Warren Gatland’s side as they made a winning start to the tournament with a 32-26 win over the Pacific Islanders.
Biggar helped Wales to an opening game win in the heat of Bordeaux last weekend[/caption]
The fly-half starred for Wales in the 32-26 victory against Fiji[/caption]
The game took place in the heat of Bordeaux in south-west France and Biggar believes the high temperatures were a major contributing factor in the extreme weight loss.
“Before the match I weighed 14st 11lbs and after I was 14st 6lbs,” Biggar told the Daily Mail.
“It was so hot and sticky in Bordeaux that I lost five pounds in 60 minutes. There was so much sweat dripping off me that my shirt was drenched through.
“I asked the kit man If I could change my jersey at half-time but the spare shirt was the wrong size. I am a large and the spare was an XL.
“I prefer a shirt that is half a size bigger, unlike the guys who are in better shape and like to show off their muscles.”
In most cases, safe weight loss of 5lbs can take up to two-and-a-half-weeks, but despite the steep drop, Biggar admits to a late-night replenishing meal that would likely have pulled his weight a little close to its pre-match reading.
He added: “I got to bed at about 4.30am after our game against Fiji and felt totally relieved as my head hit the pillow.
“It is always difficult to get to sleep after a match because there is so much adrenaline in your body.
Biggar will be looking to shine in Saturday’s clash against Portugal[/caption]
“Our families came to join us in the hotel and we had burgers and chips at about 2am, washed down with a bottle of red.
“It is a bit of a treat meal after the match because we burn so many calories — especially in a match like that.”
Wales continue their quest for world Cup glory on Saturday when they take on Portugal in Nice.
Gatland’s side are expected to make it back-to-back victories ahead of a much sterner test next weekend against Australia.
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