S3 EPISODE 30 - Energy Expenditure, Polyphenols & Travel Nutrition in Pro Rugby w/ Dr. James Morehen PhD

In Season 3, Episode 30 Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. James Morehen, PhD, performance nutritionist with a research background in rugby league and currently working for the English Football Association. In this episode, James discusses the physical demands and athlete profile in elite professional rugby league. He highlights the fundamental fueling strategies in a sport with high caloric demands, potential nutrition ‘gaps’ in elite rugby players, and whether or not polyphenol supplementation improves recovery post-competition. James also shares his insights and experience in developing travel nutrition plans in preparation for international competitions, rapid rehydration strategies and consequences of dehydration in hot climates and where the next greatest gains in performance nutrition will be made.


4:30 – Dr. Morehen’s background

8:00 – The physical demands in rugby

14:00 – Dexa scanning and athlete profile of professional rugby players

20:00 – Fueling strategies in athletes with high caloric demands

24:00 – Potential nutrition ‘gaps’ in elite rugby players

28:00 – Polyphenol supplementation and recovery in rugby players

34:00 – Travel nutrition in preparation for Rugby World Cup

41:00 – Rapid rehydration in hot climates during compressed schedules

45:00 – The next greatest gains in performance nutrition


About James Morehen, PhD
Currently works with England football looking after the nutrition provision and strategies for the 16 national teams within the Physical performance and nutrition department and also works with professional boxers and judo athletes to make weight safely and deliver nutritional strategies that can be implemented for body composition manipulation and fight night performance.



Research Studies –

Position specific differences in the anthropometric characteristics of elite European Super League rugby players

The Assessment of Total Energy Expenditure During a 14-Day In-Season Period of Professional Rugby League Players Using the Doubly Labelled Water Method

 GROWING, BUILDING AND REPAING ELITE RUGBY PLAYERS: Nutritional and Energetic Considerations