Most rugby players love going on the sauce after a hard game, but not England star Henry Slade. He can’t bear… KETCHUP.
The Exeter Chiefs fly-half reveals that the red sauce is one of his phobias – officially called mortuusequusphobia – and he cannot bear it anywhere near him.
In an exclusive video for FUEL, Slade admits: “My food hell – it’s ketchup. Even if it’s near anything, even if it’s just on plates.”
But if Slade is scared off the stuff, at least his team-mate Jack Nowell has plenty of bottle.
“If people come over, like Jack will come round every week or so and he’ll always bring a new bottle of ketchup. And he’ll leave it in there.
“ ‘I’ll leave it here for next time, Sladey,’ he’ll say.
“And I’m like: ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure, mate…’
“Soon as he goes, I chuck it in the bin! It’s gone.”
Slade, who is one of the best kickers in the Premiership, cannot even bear the sight of the nation’s favourite tomato sauce.
“Even if anything has got it on, I can’t touch it. I hate it. The smell of it. I hate everything about it. Urgh,” he cringes.
Even when the chips are down, he won’t touch a drop.