Peter Stringer Reveals He Was Offered Growth Hormones

No thanks.

Former Munster and Ireland scrumhalf Peter Stringer turns 40 today. Remarkably he’s still playing rugby at the highest level, having signed a short-term deal with the Worcester Warriors during the summer.

Despite his size, he’s carved out a truly remarkable career, winning a Grand Slam and two Heineken Cups with Munster among others. These days he’s probably in the best shape of his life, having turned his attention to becoming a complete fitness addict a few years back.

His size has probably worked to his advantage over the years as his low centre of gravity, and incredible passing ability, made him one of the best nines in the world. But it could have been completely different, with Stringer revealing he was offered growth hormones as a child.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Stringer revealed that when he was 10, his parents suggested that he take a course of growth hormones.

“My mum had a cousin whose son was a similar size to me when he was young and he did that,” Stringer said.

“A few weeks later, he had grown a few inches but had also turned into a completely different person. I remember getting upset by the whole thing and thinking this is going to change me. I was small for my age, but I had always been happy with the way I was.”

He may not be the biggest of professionals, but that hasn’t stopped him one bit throughout his remarkable career.


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