He’s fast developing as a Brumbies cult hero and now Locky McCaffrey has been tipped as a late-blooming Wallabies prospect who shares qualities with legendary no.8 Toutai Kefu.
McCaffrey has been ruled out of the Brumbies for their clash with the Stormers in Cape Town but his effort in helping the ACT men down the Lions majorly impressed former Wallabies lock Justin Harrison.
In this week’s episode of the Rugby Nation show, Harrison not only called for McCaffrey to be in Michael Cheika’s World Cup plans later this year but he said the 29-year-old has the same look as his former teammate Kefu, who won a World Cup in 1999.
"McCaffrey was outstanding,” Harrison said on Rugby Nation.
"He is a bloke who is very calm about his presence, he knows where he needs to be in a team, he has gone away to the northern hemisphere and come back a very complete character.
"I would love to see him as someone who gets involved in a World Cup campaign.
"Look at his skillset. He’s not the same physical stature but remember Toutai Kefu? Kef used to He used to flick balls off his foot to the nines, throw double cuts, dummies and he played in the centres.
"That was the first time I’d seen a backrower who was able to link as comfortably with backs as he is with tight forwards, throwing cut out passes, running lines. He is a very complete footballer on the weekend.”
Asked if McCaffrey had same physical presence as Kefu, Harrison said: He can take a hard line as much as he can take a hole. I really have confidence he is going to develop into a Test standard footballer late in his career, much as we saw with Scott Fardy."
The Rugby Nation panellists also dive into the big round of Super Rugby ahead, the next steps in the Israel Folau saga, sevens and the sheer beauty of former Springbok Bobby Skinstad.