NSW Waratahs powerhouse WILL SKELTON is hard to overlook for a spot in the Qantas Wallabies, with the menacing 203cm, 135kg lock a dominant force in this year’s Asteron Life Super Rugby competition.
After making his Super Rugby debut at just 20 years of age, Skelton took little time to assert his presence and is getting better with every game he plays in 2014.
The contact-loving Waratah enforcer has transformed himself into a player who is hungry for a Wallaby Test debut. His Rugby prowess is quickly catching up with his body as he makes a strong claim for international selection after just two years with NSW.
His impressive form in 2014 for the Sydney based team has branded him as one of the competitions most dangerous impact players as he combines skill, instinct and pure power to put opposition defenders on the back foot.
Making only six appearances for the Waratahs in 2013, Skelton’s fitness has come in leaps and bounds with the lock putting together a string of outstanding 60-minute plus performances this year.
The looming 22-year old talent has already fronted international competition, playing for NSW against the incumbent British and Irish Lions side in the lead up to their three Test series against the Wallabies.
After being sidelined in 2012 with an injury to one of his size 18 feet, Skelton was given a chance to start his professional Rugby career with the Waratahs in their extended player squad.
Skelton was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is of Samoan decent but began his path to stardom with the Sydney University Football Club.
He was educated at Hill Sports High in Sydney and was snatched up by Rugby Union as part of the ARU’s National Academy Squad.
Growing up in New Zealand, Skelton learnt his trade playing rugby league before moving to Australia when he was ten.