Former Welsh rugby star Sam Warburton has teamed up with Crumlin-based Brace’s Bakery to release a new range of high-protein products.
Warburton, who has 74 caps for Wales, made a surprise visit to a Crumlin RFC under-15s training session to present them with their new kit – sponsored by his high protein bread product, Sam’s Sport Active.
The ex-Lions star turned up to the training session in his Braces-branded van, leaving the Hornets players starstruck.
Warburton said: “In a matter of months, I’ve gone from chatting about these products with the team at Brace’s to actually seeing them come off the production line being wrapped in packaging with my face on.
“I can’t believe the loaves will soon be on the shelves in Tesco and hope they become a go-to for people looking to add some extra protein to their diets.
“Mixing my interests in health and wellbeing with my love for food seemed the perfect opportunity – and now being able to use this joint venture to support teams at grassroots level is the icing on the cake.”
Warburton told players: “You’re my adopted team now and I’ll be keeping a close eye on you for the rest of the season.”
Crumlin RFC Chairman Mike Lewis said: “For somebody as legendary as Sam to take time out of his busy schedule and spend it with the team just shows how down-to-earth he is and how much he cares about the game.
“It wasn’t just a show and go situation; he spent time with the boys, took pictures with them, signed autographs and even watched them train.”