George Burgess has enjoyed a stunning return to form this season, and it could be all down to ditching his vegan diet.
The South Sydney prop’s form fell away in recent years to the point where he played games in reserve grade for feeder-club North Sydney last season.
But the hulking forward has revealed to 7News he has returned to eating meat this year after going vegan last pre-season.
Burgess dropped 8kg in eight weeks while eating organic, but the Englishman is now back at the buffet, and the on-field results are showing.
Burgess told 7News he was struggling to train while being vegan, often left lethargic and lacking energy.
It’s shown in the stats, with Burgess averaging more than 11 metres per run in 2018 as he and twin brother Tom have led from the front while starting together over the past month.
The man mountain also believes better-managed training workloads have helped him return to his damaging best.
“It’s just being mindful and monitoring how my body was feeling with the workloads,” Burgess said.
“If it wasn’t feeling great some days they’ve just looking at changing it. It’s been really beneficial to me.
“They’ve been really good at managing our loads this year with the training we have been doing.”
Previous Souths coach Michael Maguire was sometimes claimed to have hammered player workloads during his premiership-winning stint at the Rabbitohs.
But the prop insisted that wasn’t the case, and instead said his same workloads were just being managed differently under new coach Anthony Seibold in 2018.
“It’s more just like consecutive days,” he said.
“Not running out on the field two or three days in a row. We do a big session and then might do a little bit downstairs the day after that.
“Just little things like that have made a difference and made me feel better with my body. I feel good.”